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Orientation for Graduate Students

The CTL offers new Teaching Assistants a set of orientation sessions designed to supplement department-based orientation and training. Topics include tactics to get classes off to a good start, best practices in feedback and grading, introduction to active learning principles and approaches, inventories of teaching policies and resources at Columbia, and guidance for using CourseWorks.

 

When and Where

Fall 2017 Teaching Assistant orientations are scheduled to run as follows:

Orientation for Teaching Assistants in Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences
Thursday, August 31 – CESPR and Mudd locations
Main orientation: 9:00 am – 2 pm
Microteaching practice sessions: 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Orientation for Teaching Assistants in Humanities and Social Sciences
Friday, September 1 – Butler Library locations
Main orientation: 9:00 am – 2 pm
Microteaching practice sessions: 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

TAs unable to participate on the day of the orientation geared to their subject domain may register for orientation on the other day. Registration for orientations and microteaching practice sessions will be opened soon.

Fall 2016 Program Description

Participants in Fall 2016 orientations could select among the following topics in our concurrent sessions:

Preparing to Teach: Get ready to facilitate student learning by planning for the start of your class and reflecting on your teaching practices.

Grading, Rubrics, and Feedback: Learn evidence-based practices for designing assessments, communicating expectations, and providing feedback on student learning.

Active Learning and Interactive Classrooms: Explore strategies and approaches to promote student engagement in lecture, discussion, and lab.

Preparing to Teach: Ways to get your class, session, or lab off to a great start, including setting a positive tone and establishing policies and expectations.

Grading, Rubrics, and Feedback: Best practices for communicating expectations to students, and efficiently producing assessments of their learning.

CourseWorks Essentials: Learn evidence-based practices for designing assessments, communicating expectations, and providing feedback on student learning.

Beyond the Classroom: Campus Resources for Teaching Fellows: Discussion of difficult cases with representatives of support offices (Student Conduct and Community Standards; Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; Psychological and Counseling Services, Disability Services)

Experienced Teaching Assistants were on hand to answer questions and offer advice. The CTL also offers limited slots for microteaching practice sessions on both days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Email your questions to CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

Who can participate?

This orientation is open to all graduate student instructors. It is especially useful for new or incoming graduate students.

I can’t attend the orientation sessions. Are any of the resources from the orientations going to be available online?

Here are links to some helpful resources. This should help get you started!

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