Category Archives: Professional Development


Sign Up For Open Classroom Week Class Visits

Open Classroom Week Class Visits

The Teaching and Learning Center invites participants as class visitors during Open Classroom Week. From March 20th-24th, experienced Graduate Center student instructors from a range of disciplines are opening their CUNY undergraduate classes to GC students.

Whether you’re new to teaching at CUNY or looking to see a different teaching methodology in action, Open Classroom week offers you the opportunity to sit-in on a class session and observe the host instructor’s teaching methods. After your visit, you and your host will have a conversation to discuss the class session, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about their pedagogy, methodology, and class structure and activities.  Continue reading Sign Up For Open Classroom Week Class Visits

TLC Workshop, 3/15: Demystifying Ed Tech (First in a Series)

The TLC will be leading three upcoming workshops on educational technology.

Too often, conversations about educational technology are rife with black and white thinking. On the one hand, some assume that the introduction of technology into pedagogy will destroy the relationship between student and teacher, resulting in distracted students with no ability to focus. On the other hand, some think that with the introduction of a digital platform their teaching will be revolutionized, transformed, or create some other unseen positive result. Continue reading TLC Workshop, 3/15: Demystifying Ed Tech (First in a Series)

GC Digital Initiatives Workshop

Workshop: “So You Want to Start a Podcast?”  
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Are you curious about podcasting? Have you thought about starting one, or being involved in one, but feel unsure about the technology you will need, or the skills required to make it happen? Have you ever wondered if podcasting is a viable medium to integrate into your research, class assignments, public outreach, or departmental projects? Continue reading GC Digital Initiatives Workshop

2/28 and 3/1 – Digital Initiatives Workshops

Workshop: “Tools for Collaborative Work”  
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is designed as a gentle introduction to using widely available (and FREE!) digital tools for collaborative work. We will explore how a few simple-to-use tools can be effectively wielded to manage your project, from communication, to workflow management, document storage, and collaborative editing. In practicing with these tools, we will discuss techniques for streamlining your project protocols and reducing the effort it takes to keep your work organized. If you’ve ever said to yourself: ‘I can’t find the latest version of that document!’, ‘What is Google Drive?’, ‘Where is my Dropbox?’, or ‘There has to be an easier way to schedule these meetings!’, then this workshop is for you! This workshop is designed for all levels of comfort and experience using digital tools (if you use MS Word or Gmail, then you can do this!) – no previous experience required!

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Mar 1 | Putting NYC to Work: Using Place-Based Assignments in Your Courses

March 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30, Room 9207

In the second installment of the TLC’s two-part workshop series on place-based learning, we’ll explore strategies for creating and integrating creative assignments that take advantage of New York’s cultural resources, including its many archives, museums, libraries, performing arts institutions, green spaces, etc.

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Office of Career Planning Workshops

Cultivating a Public Voice for Your Research
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm in room 9206

Digital media technologies have become increasingly important in academic life, offering both new opportunities and new challenges. Digital technologies provide academics an array of platforms on which to share their work, broaden its reach, gain recognition and involve a range of stakeholders. At the same time, such technologies raise concerns for researchers about how legacy academic institutions value (or do not) such work, while also potentially making them vulnerable to political attacks. Continue reading Office of Career Planning Workshops

Graduate Writing Consultations Available

Graduate writing consultants at the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development are available to meet with students to review students’ written materials and to discuss writing-related issues. Students can bring writing from a variety of genres, including course assignments, conference and dissertation materials, and more. Consultants address questions on both the micro (e.g. sentence structure, grammar, clarity) and macro (e.g. brainstorming, organization) levels. Consultants do not “correct” or copy-edit student writing; rather, they help students learn and implement writing strategies. Continue reading Graduate Writing Consultations Available

Feb 22 | Teaching as an International Student

Teaching as an International Student
Wednesday 2/22, 1-3pm, room 9206

As international graduate students, we often don’t know what to expect when we first step into the classroom as teaching fellows or adjuncts. We might have questions about our students’ lives, their cultural and academic backgrounds, and about the American university system in general and CUNY more specifically. We might be unsure about how to interact with students in the classroom or during office hours or how to give feedback and grade student work. And for many of us, the prospect of teaching as a non-native speaker of English is a daunting one.
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