CTL Teaching Development Program

Are you a graduate student looking for a way to document your teaching development across your graduate school career? CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) is a comprehensive new service that will allow Columbia doctoral students to cultivate, document, and reflect on teaching development across the arc of their graduate school career. Graduate students can participate in the TDP program on either of two tracks, which are described below. Advanced Track participants complete Foundational Track requirements and a set of additional development activities.

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Teaching Development Program

The TDP is opening in pilot mode in Spring 2018 for a limited cohort of students who have participated in CTL’s fellowship programs. The TDP program will launch for current Columbia doctoral students in Fall 2018. For more information, please contact CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

Foundational Track

The Teaching Development Program’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. Graduate students who complete the Foundational Track will be able to:

  • Describe and implement learner-centered pedagogical practices that draw on evidence-based educational research
  • Develop learning goals and aligned assessment strategies that are clear and measurable
  • Receive and apply peer-to-peer feedback to their teaching practice
  • Articulate and reflect on their own student-centered approach to teaching

Advanced Track

Graduate students wishing to develop advanced teaching practices and engage more deeply with a community of peers are invited to continue into the TDP’s Advanced Track. 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.

In addition to the Foundational Track skills listed above, graduate students who complete the Advanced Track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate organized, engaging, and distinctive communication practices that extend into related professional practices
  • Articulate and reflect on their own inquiry-based development as a teacher
  • Present evidence of sustained teaching development to potential employers in and beyond academia

TDP Program Outline

Foundational track

Advanced track

Pedagogical training

• CTL Orientation to Teaching
• CTL Essentials of Teaching Series
• 3 CTL pedagogy workshops

• CTL Orientation to Teaching
• CTL Essentials of Teaching Series
• 3 CTL pedagogy workshops

Choose 1 Intensive Seminar:
• Evidence-Based Teaching in Science & Engineering (ETSE)
• Innovative Teaching Summer Institute (ITSI)
• Digital Literacy Seminar
• Inclusive Teaching Seminar

Application and practice

Peer feedback on teaching

Choose 1:
• CTL teaching observation
• Microteaching session
• Mid-course review

Peer feedback on teaching

• 1 CTL teaching observation

Choose 1 additional:
• Additional CTL teaching observation
• Microteaching session
• Mid-course review

Instructor observation

1 of each:
• Faculty instructor
• Peer instructor

Preparation for job market

Recommended, not required:
• Teaching Statement Sprint
• Building Your Teaching Portfolio sessions
• Diversity Statement workshops

Recommended, not required:
• Teaching Statement Sprint
• Building Your Teaching Portfolio sessions
• Diversity Statement workshops

Capstone

 

Submission of:
• Reflective narrative about development throughout program

Submission of:
• Digital teaching portfolio
• Reflective narrative about development throughout program

• Exit interview with CTL