Services for Graduate Students

The CTL offers a number of free services to help graduate students at Columbia become reflective and effective instructors. Services range from consultations and teaching observations to providing mid-course reviews and feedback.

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Microteaching Practice

Graduate students can participate in microteaching sessions to rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support from their peers.

Mid-Course Reviews

Graduate student instructors can request Mid-Course Reviews (MCRs) with trained peer consultants who can help solicit feedback from students on what they find to be the most helpful and the most challenging aspects of their course. CTL Mid-Course Reviews are confidential, formative, and designed to support instructors in their teaching practice.

Teaching Observations

Graduate students can request teaching observations to receive individualized feedback on their teaching. Through a structured process, consultants observe instructors in the classroom and provide suggestions to improve their teaching.


Graduate students can request in-person consultations to get support for their teaching and learning needs throughout the year. The CTL provides consultations to graduate students on a range of topics, including syllabus design, creating and refining a teaching statement, integrating instructional technologies into class activities, and presentation practices.

Instructional Technology Support

Graduate students can get advice, training, and support to experiment with a rich portfolio of online learning platforms.