This Week for Faculty: 🎓Active Learning Institute: Apply Today!

by | Mar 27, 2023

Active Learning Institute
Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15, 2023

Active Learning Institute LogoLooking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom? In this four-day immersive online experience, Columbia and affiliate faculty will explore the purposes and benefits of active learning and learn how to apply these research-based practices by developing their own active and learner-centered (face-to-face or online) course units.

During the institute, faculty will complete a series of hands-on activities and discussions over Zoom and CourseWorks (Canvas) to work through the essential components of designing engaging student learning experiences. Topics addressed include facilitating individual and collaborative learning activities, planning and creating effective instructional materials, and fostering and maintaining an inclusive course climate.

Faculty from Columbia and its affiliate institutions are invited to apply. Admission to the Active Learning Institute is rolling, and applications received by Monday, May 15, 2023, will be given priority.

“One of the best components of the Active Learning Institute (ALI) was that it required you to reconstruct a learning objective you already use. A lot of professional development courses are taught in a vacuum and to a wide audience. ALI was different because it required you to learn new teaching methods and apply them to your course through peer-feedback. This approach allowed me to walk away from the Institute with a new curriculum that was ready for the classroom. ALI also affords each participant the opportunity to interact with professors from all over the University. It made the ALI experience all that more enriching.” – Christopher Munsell, Glascock Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Real Estate Development Finance (Architecture, Planning and Preservation)

2023 Office of the Provost Teaching and Learning Grants

Looking to integrate new educational approaches or technologies into your classroom? Exploring ways to leverage AI tools to enhance teaching and learning? The Office of the Provost provides a variety of funding opportunities up to $25,000 for Columbia faculty looking to enhance their learning environments. Grant offerings range from experimenting with one new pedagogical tool to a full course redesign. Recipients receive logistical, organizational, and instructional design support from the CTL. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2023 grants are now open.

We strongly encourage all faculty to get a head start on your proposal to prepare for the Monday, May 1, 2023 application due date. Please contact to schedule a consultation with CTL staff to help develop your project plan and determine the appropriate in-kind support level. In addition, join the sessions below:

Assessment Tune-Up for Provost Grant Applicants
Wednesday, March 29 · 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Learn how to build or refine the evaluation and assessment section of the proposal.

Office of the Provost RFP Town Hall
Monday, April 3 · 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
At this Q&A event, CTL, CUIT, and SOLER staff will answer questions about the types of awards and the application process.

Provost’s Conversation on Online Learning (PCoOL) Event

A Conversation with Joel Podolny: From Improving Content to Improving Engagement—20 Years of Lessons Learned

A central question during Joel’s tenure as Dean of the Yale School of Management and then Dean of Apple University was what makes one piece of learning content better than another—better at clarifying a particular point, prompting deeper reflection, or driving a desired change in someone’s behavior. Why is one fact, image, or story better than others that could have been chosen?

When COVID hit, these questions took on added importance and urgency as it became clear that the teacher was becoming decentered in the learning experience, as reflected, of course, in the term remote teaching. And a new question arose: how does one best create collective engagement around learning content when the teacher is not as front and center to drive it? Taken together, these questions ultimately helped shape the vision for the digital platform of the company that he leads today, Honor Education. In this conversation, Dr. Podolny will share the lessons he has learned over the past 20 years addressing these questions.

Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 4:00–5:30 PM 
Location: Butler Library, Room 203

The CTL is here to help!

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

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