This Week for Faculty: Refresh Your Skills in Zoom and CourseWorks for Fall 2020

by | Aug 24, 2020

Resources for Teaching with Zoom 

Teaching with Zoom: guidelines for scheduling class sessions, hosting a class, taking attendance, and additional tools in Zoom. 

Active Learning for Your Online Classroom: Five Strategies Using Zoom: Simple strategies that combine active learning principles with online tools to promote student access and engagement with content, facilitate sharing of ideas, and encourage reflection on learning.

CUIT Zoom Training and Recordings

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) leads live Zoom training sessions and Q&A office hours on a weekly basis, and offers recorded training sessions. Check out their website for hours and information. 

Additional Reading 

Yes, Your Zoom Teaching Can Be First-Rate (Inside Higher Ed)
Stephen Hersh, a faculty member at Northwestern and former advertising executive, outlines six steps for how you can create a community of active learning online if you “use the medium.”

8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy, professors at UNC Chapel Hill, outline eight ways to be more inclusive while teaching through Zoom.

Resource: Teaching with CourseWorks (Canvas)

How to set up discussions, take attendance, create and grade assignments, and create online exams and quizzes using CourseWorks, Columbia’s online learning management system.

Self-Paced Course: Intro to CourseWorks 

This self-paced course provides an overview of the basic features and functionality of CourseWorks, guides users through setting up their course site, and presents the CourseWorks tools and features that can help provide an enriching learning experience for students.

Self-Paced Course: Assessment and Grading in CourseWorks

This self-paced course provides an advanced take on the assessment and grading tools in CourseWorks, which are introduced in Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online. Throughout the course, you will learn the what, why, and how of effective assessment and grading practices to support teaching and learning. You will be presented with learner-centered, inclusive, and research-based ways to use the tools within CourseWorks to create, organize, and grade various types of assessments of student learning.

Workshop: Teaching Online with CourseWorks (Coming Soon!)

Join us in exploring how to create community, support student engagement, and assess student learning in the online context using CourseWorks. This 90-minute workshop will give you an overview of the CourseWorks interface and highlight a toolset that will allow you to set up a course with clear expectations for students, create opportunities for a variety of assignment engagements, and nurture an environment that encourages a culture of inclusive communication.

Additional Support

CTL staff are holding daily virtual Office Hours Monday through Friday to help faculty with questions related to teaching online, as well as any other teaching-related inquiries. 

You can also arrange a one-on-one consultation by phone or via Zoom for support. Please email to set up a time to meet with one of our consultants. You can also request a CTL session for your next department or school gathering.