This Week for Faculty: Special Edition: Science and Engineering Teaching Resources

by | Jul 27, 2020

Science and Engineering Teaching Resources

Planning for Online Lab Sessions

Are you wondering how to give your students the rich experience of a lab in an online course format? Interested in strategies for getting started? This page provides suggestions for considering the role of lab sessions in your students’ learning—whether they are a component of a larger class or a course unto themselves—along with specific tactics and resources you can employ to help provide meaningful online lab sessions.

Developing Poll Questions to Engage and Assess Student Thinking in Science and Engineering Courses

​Are you looking to develop questions that go beyond recall for your Science and Engineering class sessions? Do you want to assess in real-time how well all your students are answering questions to inform your next instructional decision?

In this guide, we share how you can develop and incorporate poll questions into your classroom—whether it’s in-person, online, or hybrid—that engage students in higher-order cognitive processes, such as applying concepts or evaluating hypotheses, to assess your students’ understanding. This guide combines the cognitive framework Bloom’s Taxonomy and the audience response system Poll Everywhere that is available to Columbia instructors and licensed by CUIT

External Resource

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), a peer-reviewed scientific video journal, contains 1,000s of educational videos on effective teaching of science concepts and laboratory methods in undergraduate and graduate courses, including for remote teaching. 

CTL Support for Science and Engineering

Reach out to our two staff members dedicated to supporting teaching and learning in science and engineering!

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John C. Foo, Assistant Director of Faculty Programs and Services, Science and Engineering
212 853-0653


Michael Tarnow, Learning Designer, Science and Engineering
212 853-0661

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.