This Week for Faculty: Online Summer Institutes: Apply Today!

by | May 18, 2020

Teaching a course in Summer 2020? Planning ahead for Fall 2020? The CTL is offering online institutes and intensives this summer to help you get ready for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Online Summer Institutes & Intensives


Course Design Essentials

Are you looking to design a new course or change the design of an existing course (face-to-face, blended, or fully online)? Maximize your summer by enrolling in our online, self-paced Course Design Essentials course (estimated time commitment: 6 hours). Upon completing the asynchronous experience, you should have a plan and the resources needed to continue the design process. Be the first to know when this resource is available online, sign up today!

Active Learning Institute

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom? In this four-day immersive online experience, Columbia 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. Faculty are invited to apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020

Blended Learning Essentials Institute

The Blended Learning Essentials Institute provides an overview of blended learning and guides instructors through a research-based, stepwise design process for a lesson or unit of study. Over the four-day institute, faculty will complete reading, workbook, and discussion activities complemented by live group discussion activities and one-on-one office hours. Throughout the institute and beyond, faculty will have access to CTL staff and a cohort of peers to discuss their work. Columbia faculty are invited to sign up by Monday, June 15, 2020.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning

The 2020 CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning is a one-week online workshop devoted to exploring effective teaching and learning strategies in health sciences education. Facilitators include experienced CUIMC faculty and other faculty developers from the Medical Center. The CUIMC Summer Institute is designed for junior faculty and senior faculty taking on a new teaching role to develop their skills as educators, learn about interactive teaching techniques, and collaborate with other faculty across the campus. CUIMC Faculty are invited to apply by Friday, June 19, 2020.

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Designing Interactive Learning Objects

Are you thinking about ways to engage students with digital activities? Are you interested in building your own interactive learning objects such as quizzes, games, simulations, graphics, or videos? The 2020 Designing Interactive Learning Objects Institute is a three-day workshop devoted to exploring the effective design and integration of interactive learning objects into active learning environments. This year’s institute will be run remotely, with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions taking place over the three daysThroughout the institute, faculty will focus on mapping activities to specific student learning objectives for a unit in their course. Faculty are invited to apply by June 29, 2020.

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Thursday, July 30, 2020

Reflections from Columbia Undergraduate Students

Active Learning: The Learner’s Perspective SAPP logo

Keep the learner perspective in mind as you design or redesign courses for the upcoming academic year! 

In a new series of reflections, undergraduate student consultants from the Students as Pedagogical Partners Initiative shared their experiences with active learning, students’ resistance to it, and suggestions for engaging students in online learning environments.

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.