This Week for Faculty: Reflecting on Spring 2020 and Preparing for Fall

by | Jun 22, 2020

Preparing for Fall 2020

Hybrid and Online Teaching Institute 

To prepare Columbia faculty for the Fall 2020 semester, the CTL has developed the Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute: a new online offering that guides faculty through adapting their courses from face-to-face to online or hybrid formats. This offering provides instructors a foundation that can serve across all formats of teaching with the capacity to adapt quickly to whatever mode of teaching makes the most sense at any given time. The institute consists of asynchronous, on-demand content hosted in CourseWorks followed by a synchronous online experience with CTL staff and other faculty participants over Zoom.

Details of synchronous and asynchronous sessions

Reflecting on Spring 2020: Teaching in a Pandemic

The Provost’s Senior Faculty Teaching Scholars Rita Charon, Christos Papadimitriou, Susan Sturm, and Susan Witte spoke with Catherine Ross, CTL Executive Director, about their experiences of and advice for teaching online during the Coronavirus pandemic. Watch their reflections in this video.


Reflecting on Spring 2020: Learning in a Pandemic

Three Learners’ Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching Online 

Three student consultants from the Students as Pedagogical Partners initiative reflected on their experience with online inclusive teaching and learning, and provided questions and suggestions for faculty.

Nicole Lyons Nikki Lyons, GS ’21, on her appreciation for her professor’s ability to adapt and foster equity in her online class: 
“All of our learning objectives have been explicitly adjusted. To encourage us to continue learning to the best of our ability, he has also communicated that students can ask for more time on any assignment, simply asking us to stay in communication with him. On top of that, he sends emails reminding us that we’re in this all together, that he’s thinking of us. He also shares pieces of writing that have helped him navigate this time. His clarity, encouragement, and thoughtful communication is extremely helpful…In a course with a reputation for “weeding” students out of the discipline, this support is exactly what I need during such a challenging time.” 

The CTL is Here to Help All Summer

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.