This Week for Faculty: Teaching and Learning with Geospatial Maps

by | Oct 18, 2021

Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines with Geospatial Maps

Join Columbia faculty and the CTL for a panel discussion about how geospatial maps are used at Columbia to activate students’ critical thinking skills across diverse topics and disciplines. Faculty and research specialists who use mapping in their courses will discuss the learning process and the geospatial activities and technologies underpinning them. Instructors, graduate students, and staff are welcome.

RegisterOctober 25, 1:00-2:00pm


  • Professor Chris Harwood; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages
  • Madiha Choksi; Digital Learning and Emerging Technologies Librarian
  • Eric Glass; GIS/Metadata Librarian; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Paul Joseph Stengel; CTL Senior Learning Designer
  • Susan Dreher; CTL Associate Director, Software Development and Project Management, and author of the Locus Tempus grant proposal

Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Harwood on Integrating the “Locus Tempus” Digital Mapping Platform into his Comparative Literature Course

In the 2021 Summer A term, Christopher Harwood integrated Locus Tempus, a mapping platform, into the instruction of his comparative literature course The Writers of Prague. Through their use of Locus Tempus, students developed a heightened understanding of Prague topography and of the ways that different authors work with existing myths about the city’s history and landmarks and develop new ones.


A mapping application for spatial and temporal thinking developed by the CTL
Locus Tempus is a powerful application designed to facilitate map-based learning activities across disciplines. Locus Tempus features tools for authoring maps, inviting collaborators, and analyzing data spatially and temporally. Learn more


Early and Mid-Semester Student Feedback
The CTL recommends capturing student feedback at various points within the semester, including mid-term. The goal is a dialogue about students’ learning. This resource outlines two approaches for collecting feedback from your students: the start, stop, continue method and a question bank for gathering feedback from students.

Resources for Assessing Student Learning
Find links to text-based resources, podcast episodes, videos, and self-paced online courses on the topics of designing assessment, setting and managing student expectations, classroom assessment techniques, involving students in assessment, and grading and feedback.

Upcoming Events

Addressing Challenges to Equitable Assessment
October 21, 11:00am-12:00pm

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

Creating Inclusive STEM Courses: 5 Inclusive Teaching Principles
October 26, 1:30-2:30pm

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.