After doing everything wrong when I started teaching, I dove into the research and started collecting active learning tools and strategies. Active learning is exactly what it sounds like–actively practicing and applying a new skill–and it’s the best way to make learning stick. Now, after years of teaching and interviewing hundreds of educators, I deliver talks and workshops for faculty and administrators so they are ready for today’s students and can help them take on a rapidly changing world. 

Every talk is interactive, tailored to your specific audience, and includes practical tips and tools that faculty and administrators can implement right away. Below are some suggested topics, not an exhaustive list.

  • The 5 Things Students Need to Be Engaged & Ready to Learn
    • We want students to be excited to learn–and we need to set them up for success. A handful of student-centered principles and tools can prepare them to be citizens of the world.
  • Transformative Assessments that Focus Students on the Joy of Learning [Ungrading for beginners and intermediate practitioners]
    • Instead of relying on external motivators (like grades) to spur students on, what we really need to do is help them connect with their internal motivators. This workshop covers a variety of ways to light that spark and incorporate students into the assessment process. Watch a short demo.
  • Group Work Without the Groans
    • Teamwork is essential to our careers and lives, yet students often groan when we say, “Get into your groups.” This workshop equips educators with project management strategies to structure equity, accountability, and joy into student collaborations.
  • Active Learning with Confidence (and without the Burnout) [For advanced practitioners]
    • Active learning is the best way to learn. Giving students agency can introduce uncertainty in a classroom that looks and sounds different from a more traditional one. In this workshop, we brainstorm our priorities so we can be sturdy leaders throughout the learning process. Participants come away with a student self-evaluation structure that works in any classroom. 
  • "Christina was an excellent partner during the entire process: she met with me multiple times, tailored her workshop to the needs of our audience, provided concrete suggestions, and was just an all-round enjoyable person to collaborate with, both before and during the workshop." - Caroline Egan, Program Manager, the Teaching Academy, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Johns Hopkins University
  • "This was hugely helpful and I will be implementing at least 1-2 of these ungrading options. Thank you for giving some practical options to get started! Very much appreciated." - Workshop Participant in "The Transformative Power of Ungrading"
  • "Both seasoned and junior faculty made a point to tell me afterwards how inspiring their day with you was. I was particularly pleased that you modeled for us the kind of open, equal, learning experience that we would like to offer in our classrooms" - Event Organizer, St. John Fisher University
  • "Christina's workshop and resources will likely be revisited for semesters to come. [It] was a great way to help us all become more grounded in [our] practices, as well as to reexamine some taken-for-granted aspects of our syllabi." - Center for Teaching and Learning, Pratt Institute
Click to watch a brief demo video of Dr. Christina Katopodis speaking.

Upcoming Talks

Active Learning in the New College Classroom” Keynote and Workshop

February 26, 2024

How to Cultivate an Environment of Belonging in Our Classrooms” Keynote at the Teaching and Learning Innovation Conference, University of Tennessee

March 26, 2024

Active Learning in The New College Classroom,” Robert and Marie Secor and Fisher Family John Moore Teaching Mentorship Lecture and Workshop

March 28-29, 2024

“Active Learning is Messy: What to Do in the Last Two Weeks of the Semester,” Keynote at SUNY Geneseo

April 12, 2024

Keynote and Workshop at RIT Summer Institute

May 15, 2024

Keynote at the 2024 Learning Ideas Conference in New York City

June 12-14, 2024

Keynote and Workshops at Butler University

August 21, 2024

Past Speaking Events & Podcasts

“Active Learning for Any Day of the Term,” Training at American Chemical Society (ACS) Two-Year College Active Learning

February 9, 2024

Recognizing, Reacting, and Reorganizing Education in The New College Classroom,” Keynote at the 11th Annual Conference on Community College Excellence

February 8, 2024

The New College Classroom,” Plenary, Dual Delivery with Cathy N. Davidson

January 18, 2024

Active Learning with Confidence (and without the Burnout,” Workshop

January 16, 2024

Virtual Forum: Meaningful Classroom Engagement,” Webinar Panel with The Chronicle‘s Beckie Supiano

October 19, 2023

Active Learning in the Classroom,” Keynote, Teaching Academy, Johns Hopkins University

October 12, 2023

“Group Office Hours: Self-Care is Student Care” Fall Forum Talk at Pratt Institute

September 22, 2023

“Group Work without the Groans” Keynote and Workshop at St. John Fisher College

August 28, 2023

“The New College Classroom with Dr. Christina Katopodis” Interview with PJ Wehry

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice” with Transformative Learning in the Humanities at Pratt Institute

June 8-10, 2023

“The New College Classroom” Keynote and Workshop, Misericordia University

May 25, 2023

The Transformative Power of Ungrading to Focus Students on the Joy of Learning” at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

May 24, 2023

“The Role of Higher Education in Democracy and Sustainability” at Uppsala University in Sweden, Keynote and Workshop

May 16, 2023