Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Classroom

About Navigating the Classroom

Navigating the Classroom seeks to help graduate teaching assistants be successful in the classroom through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library offer extensive programming to assist graduate student teachers in the classroom.

Teaching Workshops

Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate Student Center co-sponsor a series of workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills.

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Spring Course in College Teaching - CTL

Offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Course in College Teaching is a ten-session seminar intended to prepare postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students to teach college courses and to help them develop as instructors. The course will provide a structured series of workshops and discussions to help instructors with little or no teaching experience or those who might like to think more about their teaching.

These sessions will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 on January 27; February 3, 17, 24; March 3, 17, 24; April 7, 21 and May 5.

Registration will be handled through CTL. For more information, please sign-up here or contact Ian Petrie at

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Mini-Course in Online Teaching - CTL

This four-week mini course is designed to introduce graduate students to online teaching, considering both how to teach a course that is fully online and how to use online content and digital pedagogies in their face-to-face course. The sessions work to help graduate students prepare not only for online and technology-enhanced teaching at Penn, but also in their future careers as faculty in an increasingly digital academy.

CTL will partner with Arts and Sciences Online Learning to offer one section in the Spring of 2015 on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 starting February 3. There will be four meetings of this seminar: the meeting on February 3 and February 24 will be in person and the other meetings will be online.

Registration will be handled through CTL. For more information, please sign-up here or contact Catherine Turner at

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Wed, Nov 26: Close at 2PM
Nov 27-29: CLOSED
Sun, Nov 30: Open at 12 noon

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221