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Upcoming announcements and events for Columbia graduate students and postdocs from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
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For the week of February 11, 2019
Teachers' Lounge
Teachers Lounge
Teachers’ Lounge is a series of informal discussions for faculty and graduate students about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia. Our conversations often introduce participants to related educational models, research, and theory, and invite dialogue about their pertinence to day to day teaching. 
This year, Teachers' Lounge hosts a series of conversations around the benefits of helping students assess and monitor their own learning, a process known as metacognition. Research shows that students benefit from metacognition in many ways. It helps them to identify gaps in their knowledge, recognize and develop expertise, and understand how their multiple identities impact the way they learn. As we discuss tactics to help students take ownership of the learning process, we’ll be paying special attention to ways that this can increase equity and inclusion in the classroom. This spring, join us for:

Bridging the Expert/Novice Divide
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library


Teaching Students How to Teach Themselves
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

 
Workshop
STEM Education Research Journal Club

This semester, join us for open discussion about the research on teaching in your discipline (also known as Discipline-Based Education Research, or DBER) and peer-reviewed articles. Sessions focus on how we can use education research in our field and beyond to inform our own teaching practices. Readings are posted in advance and can be found here. Open to graduate students and postdocs. No registration is necessary, and a light breakfast will be available. 

Dates: Every other Wednesday:  Feb. 20, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
Time: 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Location: 318 Mudd Hall

 
Upcoming Events

Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Learning Objectives and Backward Design 

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.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 10:10 AM–11:40 AM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library

Register

CTLgrads Learning Community: Blindspots in Inclusive Teaching – Implicit Bias 

This learning community for Columbia graduate students is led by Karin Christiaens (Art History & Archaeology) and Massimiliano Delfino (Italian), both current Senior Lead Teaching Fellows at the CTL. Using Principle 5 from CTL's Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia as a starting point, this Learning Community is centered on cultivating self-awareness of participants’ own identities and biases as instructors. This session (the first of two) will delve into the recent scholarship on implicit bias and discuss the implications of this research for cultivating an inclusive classroom.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12:10 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

Register

Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Active Learning

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. Participants will get practice developing class activities aligned with learning objectives that incentivize all students to participate.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 10:10 AM–11:40 AM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library

Register

Language Lounge: Growth Mindset and Self-Motivation

This is the third of four sessions in a yearlong conversation around Metacognition: Becoming Expert Language Learners. We encourage you to attend any or all of these sessions! In this session, we’ll explore through the lens of growth mindset how issues of identity (e.g. novice or beginner, native speaker or non-native speaker, etc.) factor into the motivations and roadblocks students face and how to support students through these hurdles to maximize equity in the classroom. 

Morningside Campus
Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM–1:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library
Register
Promoting Deep Learning through Metacognitive Activities

Do you want your students to learn deeply in your classroom? Incorporating active learning strategies can help! Providing students the time and opportunity to develop metacognitive skills, such as reflecting on the learning process, helps them internalize the course content and skills and make their learning meaningful to themselves. In this workshop, participants will learn about activities that promote the development of their students’ metacognitive skills and consider how the learning activities and experiences in their courses can be enhanced with simple reflective strategies.

Morningside Campus
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

Register
CUIMC
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl
Register
Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Grading & 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.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 10:10 AM–11:40 AM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library
Register
Teaching with Technology (for Graduate Students)

Have you wondered how to better leverage technology in your teaching? In this session we will participate in a simultaneous online workshop about various teaching technologies led by the CIRTL Network. Technologies considered will include blogs and wikis, collaborative space, audio-video, social media, and mobile applications. After the online portion we will discuss the experience of being students in an online space and the value of such spaces and tools in our classrooms. Facilitated by Liz Bailey, CIRTL Program Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 12:50 PM - 2:50 PM
Location: Room 204, Butler Library
Register
Teaching Materials Peer Review Session

Looking for a supportive, informal environment to refine course materials (syllabi, lesson plans) or job market materials (teaching statements, diversity statements, teaching portfolio)? Drop by with a draft, and work with other graduate students to give and receive feedback using a lightly structured peer-review process developed by CTL. CTL staff will be on hand to offer advice and pertinent resources to all participants -- as well as coffee and light snacks. Participants are asked to bring draft material (however preliminary) to be able to exchange and discuss.

Morningside Campus
Dates: 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Time: 4:10 PM–6:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library
Course Management: Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas)

This workshop provides an overview of the basic features and functionality of a course management system that allows instructors to build and support engaging courses. During the workshop, instructors learn how to migrate their content from CourseWorks (Sakai), navigate Canvas, manage syllabus and course materials, use quizzing tools, and utilize communication features in the system.

Dates: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 (Morningside)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (Morningside)
Monday, April 29, 2019 (Morningside)

Time:
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Planning ahead?

Visit ctl.columbia.edu/events.

Teaching question?

Email CTLgrads@columbia.edu to set up a consultation.

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