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Project Development

CTL projects are more extensive partnerships with faculty members to create flexible tools and engaging learning experiences shaped to fit particular educational contexts. CTL projects often start with a project proposal from faculty.

All CTL projects focus on innovative uses of technology to support effective pedagogy and student inquiry. Our projects include visualization and modeling tools; interactive learning tools; real-time data collection tools; data sharing programs; annotation and study tools; media archives; training environments; and simulations, to name just a few.  Projects emphasize collaboration, interaction and student activity. They promote better communication, personalization and the multiplication of spaces, both real and virtual, in which students are invited to study, research, communicate and learn.

If you’re interested in working with us, contact lucy.appert@columbia.edu or 212-854-0209.

Our Projects

Working with faculty and instructors, CTL specialists have developed a range of innovative learning tools and experiences for learners at Columbia and across the globe, including visualization and modeling tools; real-time data collection tools; data sharing programs; annotation and study tools; media archives; training environments; simulations; and multimedia study environments. View our Project Portfolio.

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Our Passion

Our staff maintains a playful sense fascination around technology at the intersection of education, library science and research. We specialize in designing intuitive, user-friendly experiences, and have extensive experience delivering complex applications for teaching and learning. The CTL provides a uniquely supportive environment that allows faculty partners the opportunity to self-reflect, which often results in profound and positive changes to their teaching practices and learning environments.

Our Process

Much like the design of a physical classroom, the architecture and design of digital learning environments expresses the values of their creators and significantly shapes learning experiences. For example, a digital environment can foster an atmosphere where students are figuratively sitting in the rows of a lecture hall, asking permission before they speak. Or, it can reflect the familiar circle of a seminar room where the conversation flows organically. CTL learning designers, along with our staff of programmers, web developers, media producers, and web designers, work closely with faculty and other stakeholders to design powerful and effective learning experiences.

Projects always begin with an educational hypothesis, one that imagines the ways that digital media and networked environments can promote learning objectives. Our approach is grounded in the curriculum with a focus on translating and preserving traditional scholarly practices such as critical analysis, close reading, and citing primary sources. Our staff also helps faculty explore the frontiers of study and scholarship by creating opportunities for students to develop new digital literacies, meaningfully collaborate, analyze and construct large multimedia archives, and authentically engage in public discourse. We take pride in our adoption of cutting-edge production and engineering, and follow the principles of design research as well as industry best practices.

Funding Opportunities

Office of the Provost Request for Proposals

The Office of the Provost’s Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant program provides funding support for faculty who are developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies in the classroom. Instructors are given CTL support for content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment, and project management. Over the past year, CTL staff provided support for the development of 24 Hybrid Learning and Course Delivery Redesign courses.

Grant Opportunities

The CTL also collaborates with faculty across the University to identify grant prospects, obtain grant funding, and work on grant-funded projects that go beyond the walls of Columbia to serve the global community. The CTL has received $7 million of its own grant funding and has been a project partner in grants totaling over $36 million. To learn more about partnering with the CTL on grant opportunities, please contact Lucy Appert at lucy.appert@columbia.edu or 212-854-0209.

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