This Week for Graduate Students: Looking for Feedback? Request a Mid-Course Review!

by | Oct 5, 2020

Featured Offering 

Mid-Course Reviews

Are you a graduate student instructor looking for quick, anonymous feedback on your teaching from your students? The CTL offers Mid-Course Reviews (MCRs) with trained peer consultants who can help solicit feedback from your students on what they find to be the most helpful and the most challenging aspects of your course. CTL Mid-Course Reviews are confidential, formative, and designed to support you in your teaching practices.

MCRs count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program for graduate students. Requests for MCRs during the Fall 2020 semester will be accepted through October 23.

Upcoming Events

Teachers’ Lounge

Teachers’ Lounges are a series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. Our conversations often introduce participants to related educational models, research, and theory, and invite dialogue about their pertinence to day to day teaching. Teachers’ Lounges count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

In 2020-21, Teachers’ Lounges are drawing on research explored in CTLgrads Journal Club on engaging and effective online teaching, and linking that research to insights drawn from actual experiences in Columbia classes. Register through the links below. 

Upcoming Lounges
Thursday, October 8: Presence and Engagement in the Online Class
Thursday, October 29: Cognitive Overload in the Online Class
Time: 12:10–1:25 PM
Location: via Zoom


Want to practice a new in-class activity or just get some more practice before teaching in a classroom? Join peers in a 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.

This Microteaching Practice session is open to all graduate students, whether or not they are currently teaching. Microteaching sessions count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

Date: Tuesday, October 6 (as well as 2 other sessions this semester)
Time: 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Location: via Zoom