This Week for Graduate Students: Preparing for the Fall: Orientation, Workshops, and the TDP!

by | Aug 30, 2021

Fall 2021 Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students

CTL offers graduate student instructors orientations 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.

Orientation is comprised of a series of five self-paced modules. We are also offering the following one-hour debrief sessions with CTL staff both in-person and online:

Register for the Teaching Development Program!

Are you a doctoral student looking for a way to document and showcase your teaching development? CTL’s new Teaching Development Program (TDP) allows Columbia doctoral students to cultivate, document, and articulate their teaching development across the arc of their graduate school career.

Join us for online informational sessions to find out more about the TDP and get your questions answered.

Essentials of Teaching and Learning Workshop Series

The Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshop series offers new or developing graduate student instructors approaches to better facilitate student learning and improve teaching practices. Join us at these foundational workshops to deepen insight that you have started to develop at teaching orientations or in early teaching experiences. Each live session is accompanied by a 20-minute module in Canvas to be completed in advance. Participants can join either in-person or via Zoom.

  • Inclusive Teaching: Creating Engaging Learning Environments: Thursday, September 16, 10:10 AM – 11:40 AM 
  • Designing Learning Objectives: Thursday, September 23, 10:10 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Active Learning: Thursday, September 30, 10:10 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Assessment & Feedback: Thursday, October 7, 10:10 AM – 11:40 AM

Workshop: Teaching in the Morningside eClassroom

Whether you are new to teaching in Morningside classrooms or returning to in-person instruction, this joint session offered by Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) and CTL is for you! We will provide an overview of hybrid (HyFlex) classroom technology, share pedagogical resources, and leave time for questions. Participants can choose to join in-person or via Zoom.

Register for upcoming dates: September 1, 11:30am-1:00pm; September 2, 9:30am-11:00am; September 8, 1:00-2:30pm

Call for Applications: SOLER Student Research Assistants

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce this call for applicants for SOLER Student Research Assistants (SSRAs). Graduate (masters and doctoral) students across Columbia University are invited to apply for this paid position.

SOLER—an initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation—is dedicated to facilitating the systematic generation of insights about teaching and learning in the context of Columbia courses and degree programs through the process of Discipline-Based Education Resear

ch (DBER). SSRAs will operate with mentorship and guidance from the SOLER leadership team and support various elements of faculty DBER projects and other SOLER efforts.

SSRAs will be hired for a period of one semester with the possibility of extension. Typical weekly commitment is 5-10 hours. New deadline: apply by Friday, September 3 at 5 pm ET.