Sparkshps are 20-minute Zoom mini-workshops, which focus on small teaching interventions that instructors can apply to improve student learning. They are meant to spark conversations and the exploration of a teaching-related topic. Each Sparkshop provides an introduction to an evidence-based teaching practice, potential reasons faculty might incorporate the practice in their course, a description of how the practice can be implemented (supplemented with a guide), and an opportunity to request more information or support for implementation.



Sparkshops are perfect for all faculty, GTAs, or teaching staff interested in exploring novel strategies. Units may request a special topic Sparkshop.



Sparkshops are offered twice each Winter, and Spring term at 12 p.m. For dates and topics click on 'More Information' below.


Winter 2024 Sessions


Friday, January 26 | 12:00 - 12:20 PM - Using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success: Strategies and tips. 

Curious to know how to promote positive learning and build community among students in your class? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss strategies for using instructor talk to promote student engagement and learning.

Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, CTL Instructional Consultant and College Liaison



Friday, February 23 | 12:00 - 12:20 PM - "They need us to be well": Strategies for cultivating mutual joy in the learning environment to support student learning.

Wondering how to support student well-being and mental health in your teaching? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss ideas for cultivating mutual joy and positive emotions in the learning environment to support learning.

Facilitator: Kara Clevinger, Assistant Director and Funmi Amobi, CTL Instructional Consultant and College Liaison



Anonymous Feedback Resources  Recorded Sessions

Note: Sparkshop sessions are recorded and available on the CTL website the following Friday.