2020 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed the Columbia community to Low Library for the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 2-6 pm to celebrate the ways that faculty and graduate students are transforming their courses and pedagogies. 

Keynote Speaker: Michelle D. Miller

This year’s keynote speaker was Michelle D. Miller, Professor of Psychological Sciences and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow at NAU, and author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014). She works with faculty at NAU and other institutions to improve their teaching practices and course designs, with an emphasis on evidence-based practices and innovative use of educational technology.

Dr. Miller’s keynote, “Learning at the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Technology: Fulfilling the Promise of Teaching with Technology” explores how we can leverage cognitive and motivational research to create technology-enhanced learning activities that make the most of how the mind works.

Program Details

1:45-2:00 PM | Check-in and Refreshments | Faculty Room


2:00-3:45 PM | Announcement of 2020-21 Provost’s Senior Faculty Teaching Scholars Keynote Speaker, Michelle D. Miller | Faculty Room

Ira Katznelson, Interim Provost of Columbia University

Provost’s Senior Faculty Teaching Scholars work to create a vision and plan for supporting, changing and innovating the culture of teaching and learning within their own department or school, and across campus. Deans nominate senior faculty who are both outstanding teachers and well-respected researchers in their disciplines.

Michelle D. Miller Keynote: Learning at the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Technology: Fulfilling the Promise of Teaching with Technology

Description: One of the great promises of educational technology is that it offers new ways to leverage research findings from cognitive, brain, and learning sciences. Attention, memory, and thinking skills all play pivotal roles in learning, and the research literature offers a rich set of ideas for how to take advantage of these mechanisms in teaching with technology. But, there is a complication: These cognitively-optimized approaches often require more effort from students, not less, and students lacking self-regulation skills will miss out on the benefits technology can bring. In this talk, Dr. Michelle Miller discusses strategies for bringing cognitive and motivational research together in technology-enhanced learning activities that make the most of what we know about how the mind works.


4:00-5:00 PM | Panel Conversation | Faculty Room

Wing Fu, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vanessa Guida, Lecturer and Course Co-Director, Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia College, both recipients of Provost Teaching and Learning Grants, discussed the impact of redesigning their courses which included flipping lecture materials, including more active learning opportunities during class, and encouraging student reflection.



5:00-6:00 PM | Reception and Poster Exhibition | Rotunda

30 faculty, graduate students, postdocs and staff presented posters to share their teaching and/or curricular innovations. This exhibition featured collaborative learning activities, flipped/blended classrooms, new models of student assessment, and teaching with technology, and highlighted projects by faculty recipients of the Provost’s funding opportunities.


Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact ColumbiaCTL@columbia.edu.