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Upcoming announcements and events for Columbia faculty from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
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CTL for Faculty
Teaching at one of the great universities in the country can present many unique opportunities and challenges. The CTL can help support faculty in their work and professional development. Take advantage of this semester's offerings!
Workshops To Go
Workshops To Go
Workshops To Go present evidence-based practices for effective teaching and inclusive engagement. With each Workshop To Go offering, faculty will receive tailored resources, strategies, and practices that can help them address common challenges in their classrooms. Workshops To Go cover the following topics:
 
- Engaged Lecturing: From Design to Delivery
- Inclusive Teaching: Small Changes to Maximize Equity in the Classroom
- Teaching Large Classes: Engagement, Management, and Integrity
- Learning Through Discussion: Three Steps to Effective Facilitation

Visit the CTL website to fill out the request form. If you have questions or would like to request a custom workshop, contact CTLfaculty@columbia.edu.
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Teaching Observations
Teaching Observations
Teaching Observations provide confidential, individualized feedback on teaching, following evidence-based principles for effective learning, teaching, and inclusive student engagement. Visit the CTL website to fill out the request form. If you have questions about Teaching Observations, please contact CTLfaculty@columbia.edu.
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Consultations
Consultations
Are you looking for feedback on teaching materials, course design, or educational grants? CTL consultants can review your materials and provide individualized feedback based on your goals. CTL consultants offer support on a number of teaching-related topics, including:
  • Course and curriculum design (e.g., syllabi review, active learning strategies, assignment design)
  • Inclusive teaching strategies (e.g., establishing positive course climate, accessibility, setting clear course policies and expectations)
  • Professional documents (i.e., teaching statements, diversity statements)
  • Educational grants (e.g., Provost’s Office teaching and learning grants, NSF CAREER grants)
  • Assessment and evaluation (e.g., development of rubrics, implementing strategies to assess student learning, assessing curricular innovations)

Please email us at CTLfaculty@columbia.edu to set up a time to meet with one of our consultants! We are available in-person, by phone, or via Zoom.

Instructional Technology Support

Instructional Technology Support
Do you need assistance setting up your course in CourseWorks (Canvas), designing hybrid elements of a course, or creating an online course? Have you built a course in CourseWorks (Canvas) that you want expert feedback on? Are you thinking about integrating a new form of technology into your classroom? Contact your learning designer (organized by discipline) to set up an appointment.
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

Course Design Refresh

Even the most experienced faculty sometimes find that their courses need revitalization—perhaps students struggle with a particular topic, or there are areas that could use new energy—but it’s difficult to find the time to fully redesign a course. Join Columbia faculty for an opportunity to reflect on your course, including effective ways to engage your learners throughout and make the course more enjoyable to teach. You’ll leave with an implementation plan to create a more engaging, learner-centered course. All faculty with Columbia teaching contexts are welcome to apply. Lunch will be provided.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM–1:00 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
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
The Teaching Hour: For Faculty of Color

The Teaching Hour series aims to foster a teaching community among Columbia’s underrepresented and diverse faculty population. Each of the sessions will focus on questions and concerns participants bring to the forum and will be facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. These conversations will cultivate a community of peer mentorship by providing space for faculty instructors to share their successes and concerns related to teaching at Columbia. This session is for faculty of color.

Morningside Campus
Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library
Register
Provost Teaching and Learning Grants: Request for Proposals (RFP) Town Hall 

Wondering about the kinds of projects that are eligible for Provost Office teaching and learning grants? Have a question about the different types of grants this year and which might be the best fit for your idea? Attend our Town Hall to learn more about these RFPs and the application process. After attending the RFP Town Hall, instructors should be more aware of the:

  • Types of Office of the Provost teaching and learning grants offered in 2019
  • Kinds of projects eligible for Office of the Provost grants
  • Application process
No registration required. 

Morningside Campus
Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Location: Room 212, Butler Library
Grading, Rubrics, and Feedback for Equity and Inclusion

Equitable and inclusive grading relies on taking students’ diverse backgrounds and needs into considerations, but instructors may not know how to incorporate these factors into their teaching practice. In this workshop, participants will explore the connection between inclusive grading and student learning, discuss challenges related to inclusive grading practices, and learn practical strategies they can use to help assess students and give feedback in equitable, transparent, and efficient ways.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
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
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
Discussion-into-Practice: Student Learning and Metacognition Faculty Reading Group (CUIMC)

What does the research tell us about how we learn, and what does this mean for our teaching practices? Each week faculty participants will dive into the literature and explore metacognition, the practice of examining how we learn, by discussing an article or book chapter. Together participants will consider how the research could inform their practices, reflect on their teaching, and share strategies. We will meet for three Wednesdays in February and March (February 27, March 13 & 27). It’s not necessary to attend every meeting. Lunch will be served.

CUIMC
Date:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 12:15 PM–1:45 PM
Location: 
Armory Track and Field Center, Hospitality Room, 4th Fl

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Course Design Essentials for Hybrid RFP Applicants

Faculty from all disciplines who are planning to apply for the Provost Office Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery Grant are invited to attend this three-hour hybrid course design workshop on February 28, 2019. This session will offer faculty hands-on instruction and activities designed to help them prepare their course for a Hybrid Learning Grant proposal.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

Register

Teachers’ Lounge: Teaching Students How to Teach Themselves

This is the last 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! In this session, we will explore ways to make habits of thinking in our disciplines transparent to students, enabling them to take firmer control of their learning. How can instructors translate the expert learner models they have crafted for themselves for students who are new to a discipline? What tools, attitudes, and resources do students need to drive their own learning processes? And how can instructors equip students to recognize shifts in their metacognitive abilities?


Morningside Campus
Date:
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Time: 12:10 PM–1:25 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

Register
Assessment Tune-Up for RFP Applicants

Faculty from all disciplines who are interested in applying for the Provost Office Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery Grant or Start Small! MiniGrant are invited to attend this hands-on session to build or refine the evaluation and assessment portion of their proposals. This session is strongly encouraged for faculty applying for Provost’s Office Grants for the first time or re-submitting proposals not funded in previous years. Participants will explore strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of their projects, including the assessment of student learning. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their plans.


Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time: 12:15 PM–2:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library

Register
The Teaching Hour: For Women Faculty

The Teaching Hour series aims to foster a teaching community among Columbia’s underrepresented and diverse faculty population. Each of the sessions will focus on questions and concerns participants bring to the forum and will be facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. These conversations will cultivate a community of peer mentorship by providing space for faculty instructors to share their successes and concerns related to teaching at Columbia. This session is for women faculty.

Morningside Campus
Date:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Location: Room 203, Butler Library
Register

Provost Teaching and Learning Grants: Request for Proposals (RFP) Office Hours (For Faculty)

Are you looking for information on the Office of the Provost teaching and learning grants? CTL consultants will be on hand to help you select the appropriate grant, to answer your questions about the application process, and/or to provide feedback on your proposal. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring their syllabus or proposal draft. No registration required.

Morningside Campus
Dates: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019


Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Location: Room 204, Butler Library

Course Design Essentials

Are you looking to design a new course, or change the design of an existing course? Do you want to get a jump start on course planning for the fall semester? Reclaim your summer by joining other Columbia faculty in a one-day course design workshop! CTL staff will guide participants through a day of interactive activities that will get you started planning your course, and you’ll walk away with the materials you need to create learner-centered course materials. All faculty with Columbia teaching contexts are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.


Morningside Campus
Date:
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Location: Room 212, Butler Library
Learn more and apply
Active Learning Institute

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom environments? In this three-day institute, faculty will explore the purposes and benefits of active learning and learn how to apply these research-based practices by developing their own active and learner-centered course units. Applications open on Monday, March 04, 2019, and are due on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Morningside Campus
Dates:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - Thursday, June 20, 2019
Location: Room 212, Butler Library
Learn more and apply
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