Engineering students collaborating through new classroom technology and interactive faculty teaching.

James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute (MTEI)

MTEI collaborates with faculty in developing innovative and effective teaching methods and improving course design, supports faculty efforts in engineering education research, and assists faculty with the education or outreach components of grant proposals.

Cornell's engineering faculty are already recognized experts in their disciplines; Engineering's James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute (MTEI) assists the faculty in reaching their potential as excellent teachers through the following services:

Individual Consultations

  • Discussion of teaching strategies for a new or existing course
  • It isn't working - now what?
  • Adding active learning
  • Course Logistics
  • Best practice in forming groups (GroupEng)
  • Classroom Technology
  • Clickers - using the technology, writing questions

Classroom Observations

  • Classroom observation and feedback
  • Implementing active learning in the engineering classroom
  • Videotape your class, feedback discussion

New Faculty Workshops

Mid-Semester Evaluations

  • Customization
  • Interpretation 
  • Standard Mid-Semester Survey by default for the following departments: AEP, BME, CEE, CHEME, ECE, MAE, MSE, SYSEN, ORIE
  • By request for CS, BEE, EAS, INFO
  • Courses can request custom questions


  • Writing student learning outcomes
  • Assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Data collection planning
  • Analysis assistance

Grant Proposal Support

  • Teaching and outreach components of grants
  • Assessment plans
  • References
  • Assistance writing IRB requests

Engineering Teaching Innovations and Experiments

  • Experimental Design
  • Measuring Effectiveness

Teaching Tips and Resources

What else would be useful to you? MTEI is a growing program based on faculty input. Please feel free to contact MTEI