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

***Registration is closed--to get onto the waitlist contact Ian Petrie at***

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.

Starting Class in Ways that Get Students Interested and Motivated to Learn

Monday, February 02, 2015, 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Ian Hartshorn.

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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

Strategies to Get Your Students Prepared for Class

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Justin Bernstein.

Facilitating Discussion

Monday, February 09, 2015, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Bronwyn Wallace.

Teaching Students to Look at Data Critically

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Jacob Nagy.

Prioritizing Time in Class

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Emmabeth Parrish.

Beyond the Term Paper: Assigning Students Creative Written Assignments

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Vanessa Williams.

Active Learning in Large Classes

Friday, February 20, 2015, 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Tanya Singh.

Use and Abuse of PowerPoint

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Lili Dworkin.

Designing Your Own Course

Tuesday, March 03, 2015, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Peter Collopy.

Creating Assignments Across a Semester

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Alice Hu.

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Colin Smith.

Teaching with Objects

Monday, March 30, 2015, 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Phil Webster.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map: Teaching With Maps

Thursday, April 02, 2015, 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor)

With Ben Chrisinger.

Common Room Hours

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

Winter Break Hours

Dec 17:Close at 4pm
Dec 18 - Jan 11: CLOSED

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221