This Week for Graduate Students: Last Call! Evidence-Based Teaching in Science & Engineering Seminar

by | Feb 15, 2021

Evidence-Based Teaching in Science and Engineering: Apply by February 19

In the Evidence-based Teaching in Science and Engineering (ETSE) seminar, you will apply the principles of backward design to develop student learning objectives, aligned assessments, and active learning activities to better facilitate student learning, culminating in a syllabus for a introductory class in your discipline. As part of this seminar, you will take part and contribute to a learning community of teaching practitioners in which you give and receive feedback on assignments by your peers.

This seminar is targeted toward graduate students and postdocs in sciences (natural, biomedical, health) and engineering who are teaching for the first time or looking to advance their teaching by engaging with the research on teaching and learning. Applications will be accepted through February 19.

Dates: Thursdays: March 11, 18, 25, April 1
Time: 5:00 PM–7:00 PM ET

Upcoming Offerings

Microteaching Practice Online

Want to practice a new in-class activity or just get some more practice before teaching in your virtual classroom? Join peers in an online Microteaching Practice session where you will 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 your peers will offer structured feedback to support your teaching. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, all graduate students looking to practice teaching are welcome to attend.

This session satisfies the Teaching Development Program’s observation requirement. See for details.

Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

Learning by Observing: Effective Teaching Observations

Observing faculty or peers teaching can be a powerful way to expand your awareness of teaching techniques, train your attention on student learning, and generate reflection about your own instructional approaches. But how can you ensure that an observation leads to all these benefits? This workshop will provide participants with a model for conducting online or in-person observations of teaching that focus on learning objectives, student engagement, and insights about the observer’s own teaching development.

While the session will be immediately useful to participants completing the Advanced Track of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (see, it is open to all interested graduate students and postdocs.

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 12:30 PM–1:45 PM

What is it like to teach and learn at Columbia in 2020-2021? Nominate your fellow graduate student instructors to share their story, and share your own*Voices submissions will be showcased at the 2021 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium*