This Week for Faculty: Return to the Classroom: The Student Perspective

by | Oct 11, 2021

Conversation with Columbia Students: Transition to In-Person Learning

How have students been experiencing the return to in-person instruction? Ask them! Join the CTL and colleagues for a conversation with Columbia students on the transition to in-person learning. Bring your questions, share your experiences, and discuss what it’s like to learn and teach with your students.

Register: October 14, 12:00-1:00pm

Michelle Yao

“Building a collaborative learning environment between faculty and students requires a deliberate effort, particularly in an in-person classroom setting.” – Michelle Yao, Columbia College, Biology major, Hispanic Studies minor



“It’s energizing to be back in the classroom! There are so many resources online that I could access on my own but there is something about being in-person—the interactions with my professors, the demos, the conversations with my peers before and after class—that feel more real in-person, more engaging.” – Yarin Reindorp, School of General Studies, Neuroscience and Behavior major

Unable to join us on October 14? Ask a student! Submit your teaching and learning question and a CTL Undergraduate Student Consultant will share their thoughts and experiences.

Learn more about our student consultants and their work on our Students as Pedagogical Partners initiative page, and check out resources developed, including Four Virtual Teaching Practices to Bring into the In-Person Classroom.


From Online to Face-to-Face—Keeping What Works
As instructors and students reflect on their pandemic teaching and learning experiences, many are recognizing benefits and positive changes remote teaching technologies brought to the classroom. This resource provides strategies for translating online teaching practices that promote student engagement into the face-to-face classroom.

Tips for Teaching in a Masked Environment
Teaching while you and your students are masked can require creative solutions. To help address these challenges, we’ve compiled a series of tips as well as resources from peer institutions.

Teaching in Times of Stress and Challenge
This resource offers strategies for teaching during times of stress and highlights campus support available to help instructors and their students navigate challenges.

Upcoming Events

Conversation with Jenny Davidson: Learning Beyond Grades
October 12, 12:00-1:00pm

Promoting Student Inquiry in Science and Engineering Lab Courses
October 13, 12:00-1:00pm

Conversation with Columbia Students: Transition to In-Person Learning
October 14, 12:00-1:00pm

Navigating HOT Moments: Before, During, & After Class
October 15, 11:00am-12:00pm

Teaching and Learning Across the Disciplines with Geospatial Maps
October 25, 1:00-2:00pm 

Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: First Steps
October 27, 2:00-3:30pm


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 and learning need by emailing or email the CTL Learning Designer assigned to your school or department.

Teaching Observations
Are you looking for confidential feedback on your teaching? Learn more and request a teaching observation for your course.