This Week for Grad Students: November 12, 2018

by | Nov 12, 2018

Want a way to pursue, document, and represent your teaching development? CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) is a comprehensive new service that allows you to strategically build a portfolio of your teaching development across your graduate school career.

About the Teaching Development Program

CTL’s new Teaching Development Program (TDP) allows Columbia doctoral students to cultivate, document, and reflect on teaching development across the arc of their graduate school career. Hear more about how the TDP is helping our graduate students advance their careers!

Graduate students can participate in the TDP program on either of two tracks. Choose the track that better fits your schedule:

Foundational Track
The TDP’s Foundational Track introduces graduate students to fundamental concepts and practices in student-centered learning. It helps to deepen the experience of TAships, connecting early instructional experience to proven and sustainable pedagogical practices. Learn more about Foundational Track requirements.

Advanced Track
The TDP’s Advanced Track invites graduate students to engage more deeply with a community of peers and to develop advanced teaching practices. This track puts special emphasis on transferable professional skills that are cultivated through teaching practices and culminates in the development of a digital teaching portfolio containing strong evidence of inquiry-based teaching development. Learn more about Advanced Track requirements.

Completion of a TDP track earns a letter outlining track competencies and certifying completion from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Completion will also be noted on Columbia transcripts for doctoral students in Arts and Sciences departments.

Upcoming Events

Advanced Topics in Teaching – Teaching through Discussion

Instructors often rely on discussions to gauge students’ understanding, curiosities, and challenges in the classroom. Whether it’s by asking students to synthesize conceptual knowledge, providing them with an opportunity to practice making arguments, or probing them for where they are in their learning, instructors use discussions to serve a variety of pedagogical needs. This workshop will explore how to teach through discussion by focusing on the following questions: How can we prioritize goals for a discussion? How can we make our expectations transparent to students and prepare them for discussion? And how can we assess whether or not our goals for discussion were met? Register.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Butler Library Room 203

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