Dr. Harrington gives dynamic, research-based, engaging talks on a variety of teaching, learning, and student success topics.
In-Person Keynotes and Breakouts
Most Popular Presentations
Keeping Us Engaged
The student voice is often missing from conversations about student success. Come hear stories from 50 students attending various colleges and universities across the nation about what professors can do to motivate and engage students. Discover the research evidence behind the strategies suggested by students and walk away with an action plan to increase student engagement. During this session, we’ll cover a lot of ground- from first day of class activities to the power of relationships and teaching strategies and learning tasks.
Don’t stop lecturing! Research shows that lecturing is one of the best ways to teach, especially for novice learners. Come explore how to maximize the effectiveness of your online and in-person lectures by activating prior knowledge, emphasizing important points, integrating brief reflection and retrieval practice opportunities, and using multi-media effectively. You’ll walk away with several easy-to-implement strategies designed to increase learning.
Designing a Motivational Syllabus
During this engaging presentation, participants will learn what the research says about the purpose and power of the syllabus. Specifically, we'll focus on how the syllabus can be used as a motivational tool. Research-based ideas on how to construct an effective syllabus will be shared. For instance, there will be a discussion about what type of information and what level of detail to include on the syllabus. Participants will walk away inspired to make the most of this important document and will have several practical ideas about how to do so.
Engaging Students with Meaningful and Culturally Affirming Assignments
During this interactive workshop, you will discover student-endorsed and research-based approaches to assignments. Be challenged to think beyond traditional assignments and develop assignments that validate, honor, stretch, and engage your students. Explore how to use choice, structure, and support to increase student success.
Using Feedback to Improve Student Learning
Feedback is one of the most powerful ways to learn, yet students are not offered enough opportunities to benefit from feedback. During this workshop, we'll explore the value of feedback and several strategies to increase feedback opportunities for students while not overly taxing instructor time. Specifically, we'll discuss linked assignments, finding opportunities for verbal feedback, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of peer feedback.
Maximizing Learning via Group Work
Active learning is a “buzz” word we frequently hear in education but what really works? As we all know, there are many challenges associated with group work. This highly interactive workshop models research-based group strategies and provides you with several ways to combat challenges and improve the group experience. Through a mix of mini-lectures and group activities, you will discover how to structure group work to increase student learning.
Wow! This was a fantastic session. Dr. Harrington is an engaging presenter with tremendous expertise in teaching and learning! I learned so much.
What I loved about Christine's presentation was that it was grounded in research but was also engaging and practical. It is not often you find all of this in a presenter!
I attend many conferences every year and this was by far the best session I have attended in years!
What a fabulous session! I walked away inspired and ready to make changes to my syllabus and teaching approach. Can't wait to implement all of these strategies!
Christine has given numerous keynote presentations at conferences and has been an invited speaker at more than 50 colleges and universities.
Presentations at Conferences
American Psychological Association Annual Convention
Annual Conference of the First-Year Experience (Plenary)
Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology Conference
Bronx Community College Excellence
Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Convening
College Reading and Learning Association
Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Keynote)
Engaging Learners in the 21st Century Conference
Jobs for the Future Policy Meeting
Leadership Symposium at Mercer County Community College (Plenary)
League for Innovation in the Community College
Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching (Plenary)
NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising
New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates
New Jersey Council of Community Colleges Best Practices
NJPA CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) (Keynote)
POD Network Conference
Two Year First Year Conference
Presentations at Colleges and Universities
Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ
Bergen County College, NJ
Brescia University, KY
California State University, Stanislaus CA
Camden County College, NJ
Chippewa Valley Technical College, WI
Central Oregon Community College, OR
Catawba College, NC
College of St. Elizabeth, NJ
College of Charleston, SC
Columbia University, NY
Community College of Philadelphia, PA
Connecticut Center for Student Success
Cumberland County College, NJ
Daytona State College, FL
Devry- Mirimar FL
Harrisburg Area Community College, PA
Herkimer County College, NY
Hudson County Community College, NJ
Inter-American University, Metropolitan Campus, Puerto Rico
Joliet Junior College, IL
Kansas State University, KS
Kean University, NJ
Lee College, TX
Metropolitan Community College, MO
Michigan Technological University, MI
Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI
Montclair State University, NJ
New York City College of Technology, NY
Northeast State Community College, TN
Norwalk Community College, CT
Ocean County College, NJ
Purdue University, Fort Wayne IN
Quinnipiac University, CT
Raritan Valley Community College, NJ
Salem Community College, NJ
Sam Houston State University, TX
St. Charles Community College, MI
State University of New York- Oneonta and Cobbleskill, NY
Stockton University, NJ
Temple University, PA
Texas Wesleyan University, TX
The College of New Jersey, NJ
Trinity University, Washington DC
University of Central Florida, NY
University of Houston, TX
University of South Carolina, SC
University of South Carolina Upstate, SC
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin System- Faculty College, WI
University of St. Thomas, TX
Utah State University, UT
Warren County College, NJ
William Paterson University, NJ
Westchester Community College, NY
Worchester State University, MA
York College, PA