This Week for Faculty: Office of the Provost Faculty Orientation: Enroll Today

by | Aug 31, 2020

Get Ready for Fall 2020: Orientation and Tools for Teaching 

Office of the Provost Faculty Orientation

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement are pleased to invite Columbia faculty to enroll in the online Office of the Provost Faculty Orientation to welcome and acclimate you to the 2020 academic year. This virtual orientation program aims to complement your own school’s orientation activities by introducing a range of University resources and offices devoted to supporting your teaching and scholarship.

The orientation comprises a series of online self-paced CourseWorks modules. It is estimated that the course will take 4 hours to complete. This orientation is open to all Columbia faculty; it is especially useful for new or junior faculty


Orient Yourself: Tools for Hybrid/Hyflex and Online Teaching 

Workshop: Teaching Online with CourseWorks

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. Register for upcoming sessions on the CTL events page. 

Unable to attend a live session? Enroll in the self-paced Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) course.

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. 

 *Bonus*: Find Columbia virtual backgrounds to use in your Zoom classroom sessions! 

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.