This Week for Graduate Students: Register now for Essentials of Teaching and Learning

by | Jan 17, 2023

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 insights that you have started to develop at teaching orientations or in early teaching experiences. Sessions are listed below. Each live session is accompanied by a 20-minute module in Canvas to be completed in advance. Workshops are conducted in-person in Butler Library. 

Essentials workshops are a core requirement of the Foundational Track of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

  • Inclusive Teaching: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 10:10-11:40 am | Register
  • Designing Interactive Learning Objectives: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 10:10-11:40 am | Register
  • Active Learning: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10:10-11:40 am | Register
  • Assessment & Feedback: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:10-11:40 am | Register

Teaching as Research Seminar (TaRS)

his unique online seminar from CTL trains participants to assess the impact of teaching interventions in the classroom. Over the course of these four asynchronous modules, participants gain proficiency in the Teaching as Research (TaR) method by defining an original research question, exploring data collection and assessment tools, and drawing on the support of peers and the instructor to draft a complete TaR proposal. The seminar culminates in the presentation of these proposals to the seminar cohort. Applications are due by January 20.

This program satisfies the seminar requirement on the Advanced Track of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students. Seminar members also get priority consideration for CTL’s Teaching Assessment Fellowship.

CTLgrads Learning Communities

CTLgrads Learning Communities are interdisciplinary conversations about teaching and learning topics, designed and co-facilitated by CTL Senior Lead Teaching Fellows and other select graduate students. By participating in these discussions of the teaching literature with other graduate student instructors, you will develop new frameworks to innovate your teaching and connect with interdisciplinary colleagues focused on pedagogy at Columbia. Since they are planned as sequential conversations, we encourage you to register for all sessions of a given Learning Community. See upcoming sessions below.

CTLgrads Learning Communities count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

Teaching and Learning While Feeling like an Imposter

In-Person Learning Community designed and run by Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Jacob Bergquist (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) and Bovey Rao (Neurobiology and Behavior)

  • Part 1: Monday, January 30, 2023, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register
  • Part 2: Monday, February 6, 2023, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM, 212 Butler Library  | Register

Making Sense of the Classroom: Strategies of Sensory Teaching and Learning

In-Person Learning Community designed and run by Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Tomi Haxhi and Elaine Wilson (Slavic Languages)

  • Part 1: Thursday, February 9, 2023, 1:10 – 2:25 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register
  • Part 2: Thursday, February 16, 2023, 1:10 – 2:25 PM, 212 Butler Library  | Register

Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community

The Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community seeks applications for the spring 2023 cohort. This Learning Community, now in its third year, is sponsored by the GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In this 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-oppression pedagogy. The Learning Community is organized by and for doctoral students.

This year, the Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community will feature two invited lectures in March and April. These lectures will allow Learning Community members to engage with faculty members outside of Columbia whose teaching and research address anti-oppressive pedagogy. The Community will also have two workshops on Tuesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 25th from 11am to 2pm. These workshops are intended to allow students to collaborate with each other to examine how racist pedagogical frames and practices interfere with student learning, analyze individual instructor positionalities, and find instances of agency as instructors to challenge structural and institutional systems of marginalization.

All applicants must commit to both attending the lectures and workshops if selected. This application is due Saturday, January 28th.