The Essentials of Teaching and Learning

The Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops offer new or developing graduate student instructors approaches to better facilitate student learning and improve teaching practices. Join us at any one of these foundational workshops to deepen insight that you have started to develop at teaching orientations or in early teaching experiences. Lunch will be available to registered participants.

Essentials workshops count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program for graduate students.

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Spring 2019 Sessions

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments | Register
Thursday, February 7, 2019
10:10 AM – 11:40 AM , Butler Library Room 203

Learn about the key terms, frameworks, and principles of inclusive teaching. Join the CTL for a workshop for graduate students focused on strategies and tools for including all of your students in the learning process. We will ask how instructors can create inclusive classroom environments that set up all students for success, as well as how they can help students learn through the diversity of experiences and perspectives they bring to the classroom. 

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and reflect on teacher and learner identities and their relationship to inclusive teaching
  • Describe key terms in inclusive teaching scholarship
  • Develop strategies for creating an inclusive course climate
  • Apply inclusive teaching principles to their own teaching practice

 

Learning Objectives and Backward Design | Register
Thursday, February 14, 2019
10:10 AM – 11:40 AM , Butler Library Room 203

Learn about and engage with the backward design approach to lesson planning to better organize your teaching and your students’ learning. Join the CTL for a workshop for graduate students focused on giving you a scalable conceptual framework to help you plan an activity, a class session, or an entire course. In this workshop, you will learn about backward design: an end-in-mind approach to instruction to facilitate your students’ learning. We will engage with strategies to determine and describe learning objectives for your students, and discuss the use of these learning objectives to help drive assignments, feedback, and in-class activities.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the Backward Design process and how to use this approach to their won teaching practice.
  • Develop learning objectives for their students.
  • Explain the connection between learning objectives, assessments, and assignments.

 

Active Learning | Register
Thursday, February 21, 2019
10:10 AM – 11:40 AM , Butler Library Room 203

Practice developing class activities aligned with learning objectives that incentivize all students to participate. Join the CTL for a workshop for graduate students focused on giving you strategies to better engage students with their own learning. In this workshop, we will discuss the evidence and efficacy of a variety of active learning strategies, and consider how these approaches can make our classrooms more inclusive.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Apply reflections of learning experiences to help determine how participants want to facilitate student learning in their classrooms.
  • Practice and apply frameworks with which participants can plan effective learning experiences based on defined learning objectives.
  • Describe the benefits of active learning and address challenges that may arise when facilitating active learning in the classroom.

 

Grading & Feedback | Register
Thursday, February 28, 2019
10:10 AM – 11:40 AM , Butler Library Room 203

Learn how to engage students in their learning beyond the classroom by giving more effective feedback. Join the CTL for a workshop for graduate students focused on giving you tools to grade accurately, efficiently, and encouragingly. In this workshop, you will learn approaches to grading that encourage students to focus more on their improvement and less on bottom line scores. We will discuss the use of rubrics to help streamline and standardize grading, while helping students better understand what is valuable in the topic and discipline. Breakout groups during this session will allow you to choose to focus on your discussion on writing assignments or problem sets.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between formative and summative assessments.
  • Develop the values and concepts that underlay a rubric.
  • Practice marking papers with and without a rubric to understand value of developing one.

CTL Facilitators

Ian Althouse

Christopher V.H.-H. Chen

 

Related CTL Programs, Services, and Resources

Microteaching Practice Sessions
The CTL runs microteaching practice sessions for graduate students, where you can try out any of the approaches or techniques covered in the Essentials of Teaching and Learning sessions. Learn more about microteaching.

Teaching Observations
Would you like trained graduate student Teaching Consultants to visit your class and offer you supportive, confidential feedback on your teaching? Sign up for an observation.

Consultations
The CTL offers in-person consultation to graduate students on all topics addressed in the Essentials of Teaching and Learning sessions. To set up a consultation, email CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

Contact

Questions about the Essentials of Teaching and Learning? Contact the Graduate Student Programs and Services team at CTLgrads@columbia.edu

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The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of support for graduate students in both their current and future teaching responsibilities.