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This Week at the Center: July 2, 2014

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Graduate student teacher education was a major focus for the Center in late June as CCNMTL and the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences co-hosted the third annual Teagle Summer Institute (TSI) to prepare graduate students to teach in the 21st century. This year’s Institute, funded by a three-year grant from the Teagle Foundation, brought together 52 graduate students representing many of the departments at Columbia’s Morningside and Medical Center campuses to focus on reinforcing the fundamentals of university teaching with innovative uses of technology.

A number of CCNMTL educational technologists led or participated in sessions to help the graduate students strengthen their pedagogical practices with meaningful uses of technology. The range of topics covered drew from existing Center efforts such as the RewirED series and other services available to faculty at the Faculty Support Lab.

The TSI fits into a broader trend of re-tooling graduate education that includes the thoughtful use of technology as a core value. Whether through the work of institutional centers like Columbia’s GSAS Teaching Center or professional organizations such as HASTAC's Futures Initiative, there is an increasing emphasis on providing innovative, focused support for graduate student professional development.

Also This Week: Kimon Keramidas, Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab at Bard Graduate Center and a co-founder of the NYC Digital Humanities community group facilitated a session with Center staff on tools and strategies for working with humanities faculty and students.