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For the week of February 4, 2019
Essentials of Teaching and Learning
Workshop

This series of four workshops offers you approaches to better facilitate student learning, improve teaching practices, and deepen insights developed at teaching orientations or in early teaching experiences. These workshops satisfy Foundational Track requirements for anyone enrolled in the Teaching Development Program (TDP).

Registration is open for the following sessions: 

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


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


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


Grading and Feedback
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 10:10 AM–11:40 AM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library
Upcoming Events

STEM Education Research Journal Club

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. 

Morningside Campus
Date:
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Location: 318 Mudd Hall
CTLgrads Learning Community: Service Learning in the Classroom 

This learning community for Columbia graduate students is led by Adam Blazej (Philosophy) and Inna Kapilevich (Slavic Languages), both current Senior Lead Teaching Fellows at the CTL. They are introducing and discussing models for designing and integrating service-learning into curricula. This session (the second of two) will feature a hands-on workshop in which participants, with the help of real-time peer feedback, design a service-learning project that they could use in their own classroom. 

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM–5:45 PM
Location: 204 Butler Library
Register
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. 

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

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM–1:45 PM
Location: 212 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
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
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: 
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?

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Teaching question?

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

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