This Week for Graduate Students: [Teachers’ Lounge] Lessons from a Pandemic: Testing and Trust

by | Mar 1, 2021

Upcoming Events 

Teacher’s Lounge: Lessons from a Pandemic: Testing and Trust

How has the experience of running classes online clarified what is important about traditional ways of measuring our students’ knowledge and capacities? What adjustments have we needed to make when designing and giving tests for students in order to navigate the emotional and logistical challenges of this difficult and unsettled time? Join us for a frank discussion of topics such as proctoring, maintaining or relaxing standards, accommodations, and trust.

Teachers’ Lounges are a series of informal discussions for graduate students about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. Since many classes have shifted online this semester, Teachers’ Lounges are linking theories and models of online instruction to insights derived from working in digital learning spaces with Columbia students.

Date: Wednesday, March 3
Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM

LTF Workshop: Empowering Students and Communicating High Expectations Through Responses to In-Class Participation

Our responses to student in-class participation have a profound impact on classroom culture and student learning, and communicate implicit messages about our expectations and authority in the classroom. This workshop focuses on the dynamics of classroom authority and is designed to provide participants with specific, concrete techniques for empowering students while communicating high expectations.

This workshop is open to all interested graduate students and focuses on techniques that are general enough to apply to most classes, recitation sections, or labs. Contact Sean Colonna, Lead Teaching Fellow in the Music Department ( with any questions.

Date: Friday, March 12
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium from March 15–17, 2021. The Symposium will showcase imaginative and effective teaching initiatives at Columbia during this unprecedented year, providing an opportunity for the Columbia teaching and learning community to learn from and inspire one another.

Featured Offering

Teaching Conference Support 

Current Columbia doctoral students are invited to apply for funds to help defray expenses associated with attending a conference or training focused on teaching practices in higher education. Approved applicants will receive up to $750. 

This support is is being sponsored by the GSAS Office of the Dean, funded by the Office of the Provost, and administered by CTL.