Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students
CTL offers graduate students instructors orientation sessions to learn about practical, evidence-based strategies that they can implement on the first day of class. These orientations help supplement department-based orientations and trainings. CTL orientations are open to all new teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and graduate students in an instructor role, on a space-available basis.
Program details for Fall 2018 orientations are below. Register for only one of these sessions:
Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students (Space available)
August 30, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, check in at 203 Butler Library
Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students (Waitlist only)
August 31, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, check in at 203 Butler Library
About CTL teaching orientations for graduate students
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers graduate student instructors orientation sessions to learn about practical, evidence-based strategies that they can implement with their students. These orientations help supplement departmental orientations and trainings.
In a supportive and collaborative setting, facilitated by CTL staff and experienced graduate student instructors, participants will develop strategies for engaging with students during the first week of classes. This will include the development of policy statements that communicate course expectations and help establish an inclusive and dynamic learning environment. Participants will also discuss difficult situations that Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows may find themselves in, and learn about resources and offices on campus that can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
This orientation is open to all graduate student instructors. It is especially useful for graduate students who are new to teaching.
Does it matter which orientation I go to?
No, it doesn’t! New instructors are welcome to attend either of them.
Are any of the resources from the orientations available elsewhere?
CTL staff are available to meet with you to talk about any aspect of working with students as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow. Some helpful resources are also listed below.
- Frequently Asked Questions for TAs
- Online Tutorial: Introduction to Canvas
- CTL programs for graduate students who are beginning to teach
I had a scheduling conflict with orientation – will you be running these session again?
CTL runs Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops, which build on orientation sessions during the academic year, as well as microteaching practice sessions. Join the CTL email list to be alerted about upcoming opportunities.
The CTL is here for graduate students.
The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of support for graduate students in both their current and future teaching responsibilities.