This Week for Graduate Students: Online Offerings: ETSE Seminar, TA Resources, Microteaching, and more!

by | Mar 30, 2020

Featured Offering

Online Seminar: Evidence-Based Teaching in Science and Engineering

The Evidence-based Teaching in Science and Engineering (ETSE) seminar is running online this semester in four live sessions. In ETSE you will draw on principles of backward design to develop student learning objectives, aligned assessments, and active learning activities. By the end of the seminar you will have developed an original syllabus for an introductory class in your discipline. Applications are being accepted through today, March 30.

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. 

Date: Tuesdays; April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: via Zoom

Application Deadline Alert

2020-21 Lead Teaching Fellow applications are due today, March 30. LTFs receive stipends for producing teaching-related workshops in their home departments and connecting peers to teaching resources. 

Support for TAs Teaching Online

The CTL has put together a new resource for graduate student Teaching Assistants who are supporting classes that have shifted online. It provides an overview of considerations, approaches, and tools that can help keep you connected to students and their learning. We invite you to look at this resource as well as others available on CTL’s Contingency Planning: Teaching Online portal. 

For further guidance, there are several ways for graduate students to reach out: visit Office Hours via Zoom, request a one-on-one consultation, request a teaching observation, or email us at

Upcoming Events

Microteaching Practice Online

Want to practice a new in-class activity or just get some more practice before teaching online? Join a small group of peers and a facilitator in an online Microteaching Practice session where you will 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 they are currently teaching or not, all graduate students looking to practice teaching are welcome to attend this Microteaching session.

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: via Zoom

CTLgrads Learning Community Online: From Student to Expert: Breaking Down Disciplinary Tasks in the Classroom

Why are certain tasks harder to teach than others? What makes these tasks easy for us as experts while stumping our students? What creates these “bottlenecks” in students’ learning, and how can we help our students overcome them? In this learning community, running online in two live sessions, we will leverage cross-disciplinary conversations to identify and communicate the processes behind tasks in our disciplines.

  • Part 1: Thursday 4/2, 12:10-1:55pm, via Zoom
  • Part 2: Thursday 4/9, 12:10-1:55pm, via Zoom