This Month at the CTL: November 2019
Featured Resources on Accessibility
Accessibility in Teaching and Learning
This new resource provides instructors with an overview of accessibility in teaching and learning and general “getting started” strategies for making learning resources, tools, experiences, and opportunities accessible to all learners. Creating an accessible learning environment for your students is a crucial part of an inclusive practice.
Accessibility tip: use graphical indicators in teaching materials, rather than color alone. For example, the logo for the CTL’s Guide for Inclusive Teaching uses both colors and numbers to prevent confusion for users with color blindness.
Accessible Interactive PDF: Pointers to Start
Read our new CompilED blog post by CTL Senior Front-end Developer Zarina Mustapha on the accessibility experience and technical compliance of interactive PDF documents.
Events and Announcements
For Faculty: Course Design Essentials
Are you looking to design a new course, or change the design of an existing course? Do you want to get a jump start on course planning for the spring semester? Maximize your time by joining other Columbia faculty in a one-day course design workshop! CTL staff will guide participants through a day of interactive activities that will get you started planning your course, and you’ll walk away with the materials you need to create learner-centered course materials. Apply by November 26 for full consideration.
For Graduate Students: Teaching Conference Support
As part of a pilot project, current Columbia doctoral students are invited to apply for funds (up to $1000) to help defray travel and other expenses associated with attending a conference or training focused on teaching practices in higher education. This support is available for conferences attended through May 31, 2020. CTL is vetting and approving applications on a rolling basis.
Offerings for Faculty
Request an in-person consultation to get support for your teaching and learning needs throughout the year. Email CTLfaculty@columbia.edu to set up an appointment with a trained teaching consultant.
CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia faculty to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held at Butler Library and CUIMC locations. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events, including:
Offerings for Graduate Students
Request an in-person teaching consultation to receive individualized advice on your teaching, integrating your teaching and research, or developing teaching materials for the job market.
Microteaching sessions can help you rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support, whether or not you are currently teaching.
CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia graduate students to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held in Butler Library unless otherwise indicated. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events, including: