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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
The CTL supports the professional development of Columbia graduate students across the University with current or future teaching responsibilities. The CTL also offers an array of support to graduate students to help them reflect on, improve, and measure their teaching at Columbia. Take advantage of this semester's offerings!
Teaching Observations
Teaching Observations

The CTL offers Teaching Observations with trained peer consultants who can help you think through your course goals, your teaching observation experience, and your future teaching. Teaching Observations are confidential, evidence-based, and developed to support you in your teaching practices. Visit the CTL website to fill out the request form.

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Consultations
Consultations

The CTL meets with graduate students and postdocs seeking consultation at all points in their graduate teaching career. This includes consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, and general teaching-related support on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the CTL website to fill out the request form

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Upcoming Events
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, January 10, 2019 (CUIMC)
Friday, January 11, 2019 (Morningside) 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (CUIMC)
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

Teaching Scholars Application Peer Review Session

Graduate students applying to teach their own course as 2019-20 Teaching Scholars are invited to drop by with a drafts of application materials (course description and syllabus), 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. Participants are asked to bring draft material (however preliminary) to be able to exchange and discuss.

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 4:10 PM–6:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

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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

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CUIMC
Date:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl
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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

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Showcasing Your Teaching Development

In Fall 2018 CTL launched the Teaching Development Program (TDP), a new way for doctoral students to document and articulate their teaching development at Columbia. Completion of foundational or advanced tracks in the TDP is certified by the CTL and noted on transcripts in some schools. For more information or to register, see bit.ly/ctl-tdp.

At this session, we will be debuting a new digital teaching portfolio service for TDP participants, answering questions about the TDP program, and helping TDP participants map out strategies for track completion. Students currently in the TDP program as well as those thinking about jumping in are invited to join us. A light lunch will be available to registrants.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM

Location: Room 203, Butler Library

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Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments 

Learn about the key terms, frameworks, and principles of inclusive teaching. Join the CTL for a two-hour 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

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Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Learning Objectives and Backward Design 

Join the CTL for a two-hour 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

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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
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Essentials of Teaching and Learning: Active Learning 

Practice developing class activities aligned with learning objectives that incentivize all students to participate. Join the CTL for a two-hour 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. 

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

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

Join the CTL for a two-hour 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
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