This Week for Graduate Students: CTLgrads Learning Communities Start Today!

by | Jan 30, 2023

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

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 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.

  • 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

Showcase Your Teaching Development – TDP Advanced Track 

The Teaching Development Program (TDP), offers doctoral and MFA students a means to document and articulate their teaching development at Columbia. Completion of a track in the TDP is certified by the CTL and noted on transcripts in Arts and Sciences, SEAS, the School of the Arts, the Business School, Mailman School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. 

Students currently on the Advanced Track of the TDP or who are looking to switch to the Advanced Track this semester are invited to join us for this info session. In particular, we welcome to this session: 

  • Participants who recently switched to the TDP’s Advanced Track who are interested in discussing tips for making progress
  • Participants who are looking to learn about or work toward the e-portfolio capstone assignment
  • Participants on the Advanced Track who want to work with the CTL and peers to map out strategies for track completion as part of the TDPods & TDParty co-working and peer feedback programs

Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 2:00–3:00PM
Location: 212 Butler Library

Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community: Application Deadline Extended

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. The application deadline has been extended to February 4th.

New Resource: Considerations for AI Tools in the Classroom

Given the rapid pace of technological innovation and development, higher education, like nearly all industries, is continuously called upon to consider creative approaches to teaching and learning. This new resource from the CTL offers instructors a brief introduction to AI tools, specifically ChatGPT, along with several strategies they might consider for navigating or engaging with these tools in their courses.

Consultations & Office Hours

The CTL provides graduate students and postdocs with consultations at all points in their teaching career. These include consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, teaching online, and general teaching-related support. Request a consultation.

Office Hours
Live office hours for graduate students are being held each Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Current Columbia graduate students seeking guidance on teaching approaches and tactics, preparing materials for teaching portfolios, or completing tracks in the Teaching Development Program are invited to drop in, no appointment necessary – in-person in 212 Butler or online via Zoom (