This Week for Faculty: Return to the Classroom with Well-Being and Inclusivity in Mind

by | Aug 30, 2021

Are you on the frontlines of teaching and learning on Morningside campus but unsure how to support the well-being of students in your classroom? 

The return to the Morningside classroom following the pivot to remote teaching and learning that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic is sure to surface a lot of emotions. Additionally, students may be facing a variety of stressors which will affect their learning and their engagement in your courses. 

Join colleagues from Columbia Health and Center for Teaching and Learning for a panel discussion about how to support students’ mental health as we begin a new academic year. Learn about the ways to support students through the transition to in-person learning, discover ways to connect them to health and wellness services, and get your questions answered. 

We Want to Hear From You! 

Survey on Returning to In-Person Teaching

As you reflect back on your experiences with remote teaching, what worked well that you will be carrying forward into your in-person classroom? We’re curious to hear what practices you found to be effective in promoting student engagement and learning through pandemic teaching. Share the strategies you will be bringing into your Fall 2021 classroom through the survey below, and we’ll share some of them in an upcoming newsletter.

*NEW CTL Resources

Teaching in Times of Stress and ChallengeThis resource offers strategies for teaching during times of stress and highlights campus support available to help you and your students navigate challenges.

Designing an Inclusive SyllabusExplore general strategies for inclusive syllabus design, dive deeper into specific syllabus elements, and reflect on your current syllabus and re-imagine it with a focus on inclusivity. 

Designing Assignments for LearningThis resource distills the elements of assignment design that are important to carry forward as we continue to seek better ways of assessing learning and build on our innovative assignment designs.

Incorporating Rubrics Into Your Feedback and Grading PracticesAn overview of the benefits of rubrics, including strategies to help integrate them into teaching practice, and Columbia tools to support rubric design and use. 

Workshops This Week to Prepare for In-Person Teaching:

  • Transition to In-Person Teaching: August 30, 10:00am-11:00am
  • Teaching with CourseWorks: August 30, 1:00-2:30pm; September 2, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Hybrid/HyFlex Teaching with All Learners in Mind: August 31, 10:00-11:30am
  • Assessment and Grading with Columbia Tools: September 1, 10:00-11:30am
  • Teaching in the Morningside eClassroom: September 1, 11:30am-1:00pm and September 2, 9:30am-11:00am

Schedule a consultation! The CTL is available to assist you as you get ready for Fall 2021! Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your in-person teaching plans by emailing, or join us for office hours via Zoom (or phone) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm to have your teaching with instructional technology questions answered.