This Week for Faculty: Observations, Workshops and Resources for Teaching Online

by | Sep 28, 2020

Teaching Observations

An opportunity to reflect on your online or hybrid/HyFlex teaching.

Are you looking for confidential feedback on your teaching? Request a teaching observation for your hybrid/HyFlex or online course!

The CTL offers Teaching Observations with trained consultants who can help you think through your course goals, your teaching observation experience, and your future teaching. CTL Teaching Observations are confidential and evidence-based, developed to support instructors in their teaching practices. Request now through November 6. 

Having ongoing, non-evaluative conversations about my teaching feels essential to my work; it’s these conversations that make me a better teacher and a better scholar-activist.” – Cecelia Lie-Spahn, Associate Director, First-Year Writing Program, Barnard CollegeTeaching Observation participant

New Online Resource to Support Your Students’ Research Cycle

The CTL and Columbia Libraries have launched “From Books to Bytes,” a 6-part video series that provides students with a guide to library resources and practical strategies to navigate the research cycle—from developing a research strategy to understanding research data and identifying bias in research.

“From Books to Bytes” provides faculty and instructors with a guide on how they can contact and collaborate with a librarian to best leverage the series in class, access the series in CourseWorks, and utilize instructional strategies and assessment techniques to disseminate the content.

Live Online Workshops This Week

Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Online Course

How do I create an online community in which all students feel a sense of belonging? What can I do to partner with my students on co-creating the learning environment?

In this session, we will address these questions by reflecting on our teaching practices and considering five principles of inclusive teaching as they apply online. Participate in conversations with peers, share ideas, and leave with strategies to implement in your course.

Dates and TimesOctober 2, 11:00am-12:00PM and October 27, 3:00-4:00PM

Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute

Teaching a hybrid or online course this semester? If you haven’t already, be sure to enroll in the Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute to access a toolkit to help you plan your seminar, small lecture, or large lecture class.

Once you’ve completed the asynchronous modules in CourseWorks (approximately 4 hours), join the CTL and other faculty participants for a 90-minute synchronous online session via Zoom. Register for upcoming sessions on the CTL events calendar. 

During the session, you will have the opportunity to experience a few of the strategies that are recommended in the CourseWorks modules, share ideas and teaching approaches with colleagues, explore a case study, engage in Q&A discussion, and begin planning for your course context.

Teaching Online with CourseWorks

Join us in exploring how to create community, support student engagement, and assess student learning in the online context using CourseWorks. This 90-minute workshop will give you an overview of the CourseWorks interface and highlight a toolset that will allow you to set up a course with clear expectations for students, create opportunities for a variety of assignment engagements, and nurture an environment that encourages a culture of inclusive communication. Register for upcoming sessions on the CTL events page. 

Unable to attend a live session? Enroll in the self-paced Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) course.