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CTLgrads Journal Club

Are you interested in learning about educational research? Join us during the academic year for CTLgrads Journal Club — and, every summer, Summer Book Club. 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. Each session will also help you consider how you can use findings in education research–in your field and beyond–to inform your own teaching practices.

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

How to participate

The CTLgrads Journal Club is open to current Columbia graduate students and postdocs. While we encourage participants to attend multiple Journal Club in order to build community with others interested in findings and implications of education research, we welcome visitors to individual sessions. In Spring and Summer 2022, sessions are being offered in hyflex format — join us in person in 204 Butler Library or online.

Sign up for the CTLgrads Journal Club mailing list to get advance notification about upcoming sessions and readings. Browse archives below to see past Journal Club topics and access discussed articles.

Fall 2022 Journal Club
Teaching Gradually book coverJoin us every other week for lively and informal discussion on Wednesday afternoons, starting October 12. You can participate in-person or online — your choice. This semester we’ll be discussing more chapters from the recently published book Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy for Graduate Students. Many of our discussions will be held with chapter authors, several of whom are currently at Columbia. See registration links for session readings. CTLgrads Journal Club sessions are open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs, who are welcome to join us for individual sessions or for the whole series.

  • October 12, 2022, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • October 26, 2022, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • November 9, 2022, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • December 7, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
Summer 2022 Book Club

In summers the Journal Club shifts into reading and discussing a whole book. In Summer 2022 we are reading Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan Blum (2020); the full text of this book is available via Columbia Libraries here. The book presents articles by faculty who have chosen to “ungrade” — that is, faculty who have de-emphasized grading as much as possible in order to focus students on learning. Our discussions are helping us return to our own practices to reconsider how, what, and why we give grades.

Join us every other Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:15 pm, starting June 1. You can participate in-person in 204 Butler Library or online via Zoom. These sessions are open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs. Feel free to join any or all sessions throughout the summer!

  • June 1 Ungrading, pp. 1-40 (Introduction and Chapter 1)
  • June 15 Ungrading, pp. 42-73 (Chapters 2 and 3)
  • June 29 Ungrading, pp. 74-104 (Chapters 4, 5, and 6)
  • July 13 Ungrading, pp. 105-138 (Chapters 7 and 8)
  • July 27 Ungrading, pp. 140-168 (Chapters 9 and 10) | Register
  • August 10 Ungrading, pp. 173-203 (Chapters 11 and 12) | Register
  • August 24 Ungrading, pp. 204-227 (Chapter 13 and Conclusion) | Register
Spring 2022 Journal Club

Spring 2022 Journal Club

Teaching Gradually book coverJoin us every other week for lively and informal discussion on Wednesday afternoons, starting Feb. 8, via Zoom. This semester we’ll be discussing chapters from the recently published book Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy for Graduate Students. Many of our discussions will be held with chapter authors, several of whom are currently at Columbia. See registration links for session readings. CTLgrads Journal Club sessions are open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs.

  • February 8, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
  • February 22, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
  • March 8, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
  • March 22, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
  • April 5, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
  • April 19, 2022, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM 
Summer 2021 Book Club

In summers the Journal Club shifts into reading and discussing a whole book. In Summer 2021 we read Cheating Lessons (2013) by James Lang, PhD, which helped us dig into the research on student learning, memory, attention, and motivation. We considered what this research can tell us about why students cheat, and thought about what motivates students to cheat and how can we prevent cheating.

Join us every other week, starting Wednesday, May 19th. These sessions are open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs. Feel free to join any or all sessions throughout the summer!

Spring 2021 Journal Club

Browse notes on Spring 2021 discussions here (UNI login required)

 

Fall 2020 Journal Club

Browse notes on Fall 2020 discussions here (UNI login required)

 

CTL Facilitators

Ian Althouse 

 

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