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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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CTL for Graduate Students
For the week of January 28, 2019
Showcasing Your Teaching Development
Teaching Development Program

CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) is a comprehensive new service that allows 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 one of two tracks: Foundational or Advanced.

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

We invite anyone who is interested in finding out more to join us for Showcasing Your Teaching Development, a special informational session this Friday, Feb. 1 from 12:10 - 1:25 pm in 203 Butler.

 
Learn more about the TDP
Upcoming Events
Inclusive Teaching: Small Changes to Maximize Equity in the Classroom

Looking to create more equitable and inclusive classroom spaces that empower students to actively engage in their learning, but unsure where to begin? Start small by learning inclusive teaching strategies you can implement immediately, such as fostering productive student-student interactions, setting discussion guidelines, and collecting feedback on course climate. Introductory level session; no prior knowledge required. 

Morningside Campus
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library

Register
CUIMC
Date:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl
Register
Advanced Topics in Teaching (ATT): Presentations for Learning 

Whether you are teaching, interviewing for an academic job, or giving a talk at a conference, being able to present your expertise with clarity and conviction is an essential skill. In order to create presentations that help students or audiences learn from you, this workshop will connect you to the elements of effective public speaking and presentation visuals. At this session, graduate students will learn strategies for preparing a presentation and practice their “elevator pitch” with a peer to gain confidence in their presentation style and discover ways to improve it beyond this workshop.

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 2:40 PM–4:00 PM

Location: Room 203, Butler Library

Register

LTF Event: Universal Design for Learning

This workshop, designed and produced by Lead Teaching Fellow Emma Le Pouésard (Art History and Archaeology), will introduce participants to Universal Design for Learning, a pedagogical system that helps instructors proactively design courses to be inclusive and accessible from the beginning. Participants will learn key principles of UDL and apply them through case studies. Each participant will also receive a handout with tips and strategies to implement UDL in their courses. Columbia graduate students from all disciplines are welcome.

Date: Monday, February 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 832 Schermerhorn

Register

Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments 

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.

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 10:10 AM–11:40 AM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library

Register

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 that can be used when planning 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 that can improve your students' learning. We will engage with strategies to determine and describe learning objectives for your students, and discuss how these learning objectives can help shape assignments, feedback, and in-class activities.

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

Register
Teachers' Lounge: Bridging the Expert/Novice Divide

This is the third of four sessions in a yearlong conversation on Metacognition: Cultivating Expert Learners to Maximize Equity in the Classroom. We encourage you to attend any or all sessions! This session will begin with a discussion of the divide between instructors and students as expert and novice learners, respectively. What assumptions do instructors often make about students’ learning processes? What are instructors’ blind spots when teaching novice learners? We will also discuss how to help students recognize their own cognitive blind spots as well as how to support them as they overcome barriers to new knowledge acquisition.

Morningside Campus
Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM
Location: Room 212, 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
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: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (CUIMC)
Thursday, January 24, 2019 (Morningside)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 (Morningside)
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.

Visit ctl.columbia.edu/graduate-instructors.
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