This Month at the CTL: February 2020
Note from the Executive Director
Greetings as we spring into a new semester and a new year!
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning would like to invite you to the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Low Library to celebrate the ways that faculty and graduate students are transforming their courses and pedagogies. Please find registration and program details here and more details below.
The CTL is also pleased to announce our Spring and Summer 2020 offerings. Whether you are a faculty member or a graduate student instructor, we have a range of in-person programs and online resources to inspire and support your teaching. You can also make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation for faculty and graduate student instructors.
Happy New Year (and decade) and enjoy your semester!
Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium
This year’s keynote speaker is Michelle D. Miller, Professor of Psychological Sciences and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow at NAU, and author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014). Dr. Miller’s keynote will explore how we can leverage cognitive and motivational research to create technology-enhanced learning activities that make the most of how the mind works. The keynote will be followed by a panel, reception and poster exhibition featuring 30 presentations by Columbia faculty, graduate students, and staff.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Michael Ginsberg
“I have learned that evidence-based teaching is a learned skill that takes new knowledge and practice. Being a CIRTL Fellow with the CTL has allowed me to explore my interest in cultivating a culture of evidence-based teaching and collaboration across disciplines at Columbia.”
In this spotlight story, Michael Ginsberg, PhD Candidate in Earth and Environmental Engineering, discusses his experience as a CIRTL Fellow (Center for the Integration of Teaching, Research, and Learning), which has entailed working with the CTL to establish a Teaching as Research (TAR) assessment program on campus as well as working with peers on cultivating a culture of evidence-based teaching and collaboration across disciplines at Columbia. Lastly, Michael offers teaching strategies that graduate student instructors might consider incorporating into their own practice.
Offerings for Faculty
Request an in-person or virtual consultation to get support for your teaching and learning needs throughout the year. Email CTLfaculty@columbia.edu to set up an appointment with a trained teaching consultant.
Faculty, staff, and postdocs can request confidential teaching observations to receive individualized feedback on their teaching.
CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia faculty to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held at Butler Library and CUIMC locations. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events, including:
Offerings for Graduate Students
Request an in-person teaching consultation to receive individualized advice on your teaching, integrating your teaching and research, or developing teaching materials for the job market.
Microteaching sessions can help you rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support, whether or not you are currently teaching.
Teaching Observations and Mid-Course Reviews
Graduate students can request confidential teaching observations or mid-course reviews to receive individualized feedback on their teaching.
CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia graduate students to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held in Butler Library unless otherwise indicated. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events, including: