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Teaching Orientation for Faculty

At the start of each semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with an orientation to instructional resources on campus, university procedures and policies, and methods for getting a Columbia class off to a good start. Teaching orientations are offered as a supplement to department-based orientations and trainings and provide a unique opportunity for faculty to connect with colleagues. The sessions are especially useful for new and junior faculty and faculty starting a new teaching role or course.

Teaching Orientation for New Faculty

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Butler Library Room 212
11:30 am – 4:30 pm


CUMC Teaching Orientation for New Faculty

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Columbia University Medical Center
Hammer Health Sciences Building LL103
11:30 am – 4:30 pm


Syllabus Tune-up Walk-ins

Syllabus tune-ups are usually offered as part of our orientation programming. Join our mailing list to stay tuned for more information.

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This orientation is open to all faculty. It is especially useful for new or junior faculty.

Program Description

Participants can select among the following topics. 

Active Learning and Interactive Classrooms:
Explore strategies and approaches to promote student engagement in lecture, discussion, and lab.

Teaching and Learning with Technology:
Survey digital technologies supported at Columbia that enrich instructional practices and student learning.

Grading, Rubrics, and Feedback:
Learn about assessment basics, effective feedback practices, and rubric implementation with a focus on improving student learning.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t attend the orientation sessions. Can I schedule an individual consultation to discuss some of the topics covered?
Absolutely! CTL staff are available to meet with you to talk about any of the topics listed in the program description above. 

Are any of the resources from the orientations going to be available online?
Here are links to some helpful resources. This should help get you started!


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