This Week for Graduate Students: April 2, 2018

by | Apr 2, 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 Innovative Teaching Summer Institute! In this week’s update, we invite graduate students to a four-week seminar at CUMC to engage in evidence-based practices in STEM instruction, an upcoming Teachers’ Lounge on the difference between TAs and Tutors, and more.

Featured Event

Call for Applications: Innovative Teaching Summer Institute 

The Innovative Teaching Summer Institute is a four-day series of collaborative workshops, discussions, and shared reflections all centered on the use of emerging teaching practices and technologies to support effective teaching. ITSI is an opportunity for graduate student instructors to work with peers from a variety of disciplines, discuss pedagogical priorities, connect with resources and support, and develop themselves as innovative teachers.

Date: Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Diana Center, Barnard College
Application Due: Monday, April 23, 2018

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Coming Up…

ETSE @ CUMC: Evidence-Based Teaching in Science and Engineering Seminar

Engage with evidence-based practices in STEM instruction in a four-week seminar for TAs and future instructors in STEM teaching for the first time or seeking to advance their teaching by engaging with educational research. In this series, participants apply the principles of backward design to develop student learning objectives, aligned assessments, and active learning activities, culminating in a syllabus for a introductory class in your discipline.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM–7:00PM
Location: Armory Track and Field Center Hospitality Room, 4th Floor


Teachers’ Lounge: TAs and Tutors – What’s the Difference for Students?

Teachers’ Lounges are series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. In this special edition of Teachers’ Lounge, undergraduate tutors from the School of General Studies (GS) will meet with graduate student instructors to discuss similarities and differences in the way each group supports undergraduate students.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM–1:15 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


Workshops for Graduate Students: Presenting Your Expertise

This interactive session for graduate students will provide participants with an overview of effective presentation skills broken down into three components: (1) planning and structuring a presentation; (2) slide design & visualization; and (3) presentation delivery. The session will emphasize presenting work at conferences and during job market interviews, and will highlight practical resources that participants can implement immediately in their practice.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


Teachers’ Space @ SEL

Looking for a space to work on your teaching away from home and outside the lab? Join our Teachers’ Space at the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) every other Monday, starting 2/12. Come work in this dedicated space for graduate student and postdoc instructors working on their teaching. On-site support will be offered by CTL staff to address questions about teaching and learning, support you in your role as a TA, and help to connect your teaching experiences to your future roles as an instructor research, and leader. The Teachers’ Space @ SEL will be open from 3p-5p in the Science & Engineering Library (401 Northwest Corner Building), by the front gate, every other Monday.

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Location: Science and Engineering Library, Northwest Corner Building


Language Lounge: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Classrooms (Part 2)

We embrace the diverse identities our students bring to the classroom. How then do we work with our students, their genuine motivation to learn a new language, and their enthusiasm to dive into the cultural products enveloped in that language, when their identities are not represented in our textbooks and class materials? How do we help students navigate a new culture, prepare them for studying abroad, or even prepare them to represent their own identities, if and when the second language lacks the linguistic choices available to them in English.

Over the course of this two-part conversation for graduate students, we will generate strategies and explore resources that we can use to enhance our students’ experience in the course.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 212


Digital Literacy in Context: Negotiating Systematic Bias in Teaching

As objects created by humans, a range of systems – from algorithm-driven search engines to long-standing vocabularies and canons – are shaped by cultural biases and can play a large and unrecognized role in both what we teach and how students learn. How do we examine and interrogate these underlying structures of the systems that we rely on as teaching and learning tools? What can we learn and apply to the digital realm from the practices of those negotiating other forms of systemic bias within canons and disciplines?

In this community conversation, open to all Columbia faculty and students, we’ll hear lightning talks from three faculty members working on different areas of systemic bias that affect how we access and process information and then invite all in attendance to engage in a larger question and response session. This session is jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia Libraries, and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Location: The Brown Institute, Pulitzer Hall


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