Teacher Training Programs- MIT & Columbia University

The TA Strategy Kit at MIT and Columbia University

MIT and the Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) have partnered to produce an online learning environment to support novice teaching assistants. TASK, the TA Strategy Kit, is a web-based tool designed to help teaching assistants, new faculty, and novice instructors become better teachers.

TASK features short, annotated videos that model good teaching and effective interactions with students, allowing users to see concrete, practical techniques they can implement in the classroom immediately. Complementary text reinforces the points illustrated in the videos, discusses other effective strategies and tactics, and explores the theory and research that support the techniques suggested.

While access to this resource is restricted to members of the MIT and Columbia University communities, this approach is something that other institutions could consider for improving their teacher training in any field.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

2 thoughts on “Teacher Training Programs- MIT & Columbia University

  1. Reblogged this on EduEval Thoughts and commented:
    Sounds like an online training environment for educators that is safe for individuals to knowledge share and build together. I look forward to reading more about this model, it effects and its scalability.

  2. Hi Jane, thanks for featuring the TASK project! It’s great to see higher ed instructors across the country interested in CCNMTL’s work and pedagogical practice. The Center continues to work with faculty and instructors at Columbia to develop projects that enhance pedagogy and learning in the digital age. We also have a public blog, EnhancED (http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/enhanced/), written by the Center’s staff that features information, tips, and trends for instructors related to technology use in education. I hope you can find some of this information useful.

    Courtney Lockemer
    Communications and Outreach Manager, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

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