This Week for Graduate Students: Upcoming Workshops on Making It Hard To Cheat, Illuminating the Learning Process

by | Feb 14, 2022

Making It Hard to Cheat

How can we design courses and assignments that discourage or make it difficult to cheat? Although cheating will continue to be a persistent problem, research suggests that there are predictable conditions that can induce cheating. At this session, we’ll explore the research on cheating in higher education and use it to devise strategies to reduce cheating and even improve students’ overall performance in our courses by fostering their own intrinsic motivations to learn deeply in our classes.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 2:10 – 3:40 PM
Location: 203 Butler Library (in-person workshop)

This session counts as a pedagogy workshop in the Teaching Development Program (TDP)

Illuminating the Learning Process

Helping your students consider and adapt their learning processes is an essential part of helping them build expertise. However, many of these metacognitive skills (the abilities students use to monitor their own learning and progress) can be difficult for instructors, as experts, to illuminate for novices. In this workshop, we define some key terms and strategies in metacognition that you may want to develop with your students. We will then discuss several specific approaches that you can use to help scaffold these learning processes for your students and help develop important metacognitive abilities as your students learn discipline-specific skills.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 10:10 – 11:40 AM 
Location: 203 Butler Library
Register: Register

This session counts as a pedagogy workshops in the Teaching Development Program (TDP)

Learning Community: Pedagogies of Race and Oppression

The Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community is a Learning Community sponsored by the GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In this learning community, participants collectively engage focused topics in pedagogy and practice – in this case, as they relate to race and marginalization, with particular emphasis on anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy.

In the interest of fostering a diverse community of learners committed to discussing difficult topics, the capacity of this learning community is limited. Applications for this LC are available here and due Monday, February 28th by 11:59 pm. 

This Learning Community is designed and run by Lead Teaching Fellow Tamara Hache (Latin American and Iberian Cultures) and Daniel Santiago Sáenz (Latin American and Iberian Cultures). 

Dates and Times: Fridays: March 11th, March 25th, and April 15th, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: The modality (in-person or virtual) will be decided according to the needs of the LC and following public health guidelines.


Want to get a little more practice before trying out a teaching activity? Curious about how others are approaching instruction? Join peers in a Microteaching Practice session, in which you divide into groups of 3-4 with a facilitator and take turns delivering short samples of instruction to each other. After each teaching sample, your facilitator and peers will offer structured and supportive feedback. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, you are welcome to attend Microteaching Practice sessions.

Upcoming Session: Tuesday, February 15, 2:00-4:00 PM, Butler 204

Microteaching sessions count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.