This Week for Graduate Students: Teachers’ Lounge, Journal Club, Seminars, and more!

by | Sep 27, 2021

Teacher’s Lounge

Teachers’ Lounges are a series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. As teaching conditions continue to evolve, our theme is (Re)Locating Teaching. How has the pandemic sharpened or renewed our understanding of the value of in-person teaching? What can changes in the use of public spaces beyond campus inspire in our own classrooms? Join us to hear and share perspectives from the front lines of teaching during this unsettled but generative moment.

Upcoming Lounge: (Re)learning to Be Present  
Tues, Sept. 28, 12:10 – 1:25 pm, 212 Butler Library | Register  

Teachers’ Lounges count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

CTLgrads Journal Club

Are you interested in learning about educational research? This informal discussion community is an opportunity to be introduced to research on teaching and learning in various disciplines (also known as Discipline-Based Education Research, or DBER), and to discuss articles and books with CTL staff and other graduate students and postdocs.

Join us every other week for lively and informal discussion on Wednesday afternoons, starting Oct. 6. Readings will be distributed on the Journal Club mail list a week before meetings.

Journal Club sessions count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

Innovative Course Design Seminar 

The Innovative Course Design Seminar allows participants to explore evidence-based, inclusive, and online instructional design practices and apply these concepts to create a learner-centered syllabus that meets the challenges of teaching today. Participants apply the principles of backward design and inclusive teaching to develop context-specific learning objectives, aligned and scaffolded assessments, and a range of engaging activities across formats and contexts within the context of a single course. Applications are due by October 15.

The seminar will run on Zoom from 4:10 pm – 6:00 pm ET on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17. 

This seminar counts towards completion of  the Advanced Track of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

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.

Upcoming Learning Communities: 
Why Assign Essays? Teaching Academic Writing as a Space for Critical Thinking & Linguistic Experimentatio
n with Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Isabella Livorni (Italian) and Sonja Wermager (Music)

  • Part 1: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM ET
  • Part 2: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Citational Practice as Critical Feminist Pedagogy (CIRTL Network LC) with former Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Cat Lambert (Classics) and Diana Newby (English & Comp Lit)

  • Part 1: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
  • Part 1: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

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