This Week for Faculty: Get Ready for Spring 2022!

by | Jan 5, 2022

Get Ready for Spring 2022!

Happy 2022! See three tips and lots of resources below to help prepare for the Spring semester. Want one-on-one help? Join us for drop-in Zoom Office Hours from Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

1. Plan to begin the semester with remote instruction
Design your course to be flexible. Set up your CourseWorks course site, customize your Zoom room, and apply the principles of inclusive teaching and learning to your course. Resources to support your planning:

Additional on-demand resources available through the Teaching in All Modalities page.

2. Build community and actively engage your students in their learning and with each other
Resources that offer sample icebreaker activities and student engagement strategies that leverage instructional technologies to support learning:

3. Keep your students and yourself in mind
Check-in with your students. Explore the on-demand resources developed by CTL student consultants in which they share their perspectives on Community Building and Learning Through Online Discussion. The CTL’s resource on Teaching in Times of Stress and Challenge offers strategies for teaching during times of stress and highlights campus support available to you and your students.

Enhance Your Courses with Columbia Resources

Learn about instructional technologies to support your fully online, hybrid, or in-person teaching and your students’ learning. 

Manage your courses with CourseWorks, Columbia’s Learning Management System powered by Canvas

Live Offerings:

  • Teaching with CourseWorksJanuary 10, 2:00-3:30pm; January 18, 12:00-1:30pm
  • Assessment and Grading with Columbia Tools. January 13, 11:00am-12:30pm

On-Demand Offerings:

Administer and grade assessments with Gradescope

Live Offering: Intro to Gradescope: Grading and Feedback for Science & Engineering. January 13, 1:00-2:00pm

On-Demand OfferingCreating Assignments and Grading Online with Gradescope

Create space for online discussion with Ed Discussion 

Live Offering: Tools to Engage Students: Polls, Discussion, and Peer Collaboration. January 11, 2:00-3:15pm; January 19, 12:00-1:15pm

On-Demand Offering: Enhance your Course Discussion Boards for Learning: Three Strategies Using Ed Discussion

Engage Your Students Through Live Polling With PollEverywhere

Live Offering: Tools to Engage Students: Polls, Discussion, and Peer Collaboration. January 11, 2:00-3:15pm; January 19, 12:00-1:15pm

On-Demand Offering: PollEverywhere: Audience Response Systems

Familiarize Yourself With the Technology Available in Your Classroom 

Live Offering: Teaching in the Morningside eClassroom, January 12, 2:00-3:30pm

On-Demand Offerings:


Events Next Week

Teaching Inclusively From the Start, January 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Related resources: Inclusive Teaching and Community Building in the Classroom

Managing Your Large Course Effectively and EfficientlyJanuary 11, 10:00-11:00am
Related resource: Teaching Large Courses Effectively and Efficiently

Planning Your Lectures Based on the Science of LearningJanuary 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Related resource: Five Tips for Engaged Lecturing

Engaging Students in DiscussionJanuary 12, 10:00-11:00am
Related resource: Learning Through Discussion

Giving Feedback to Maximize Student LearningJanuary 13, 3:00-4:00pm
Related resource: Feedback for Learning

Did you know the CTL can facilitate any of the sessions above for your department, program, or school? Explore our Workshops To Go offerings and/or reach out about offering a custom session on any teaching and learning topics for you and your colleagues.


Office Hours 
Join us for office hours via Zoom (or phone) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm to have your questions answered about teaching with instructional technology.

Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss any teaching and learning need by emailing or email the CTL Learning Designer assigned to your school or department.