Provost announces RFPs for Spring 2017: Hybrid learning, MOOCs

by | Dec 15, 2016 | Announcements, For Faculty

The Office of the Provost has launched two new Request for Proposals (RFPs) for funding opportunities for Columbia faculty who are looking to integrate new educational technologies into their classroom and online teaching.

The CTL will be holding a town hall on Tuesday, January 31 at 2pm in Butler 212 to give interested faculty members more information about the two RFPs and the application process. It will also hold open office hours the week of March 6, 2017 including Friday, March 10, 1pm – 5pm in Butler 212 where interested faculty members can walk in and receive consultation and feedback on their projects and applications.  

You can learn more about prior supported projects and interact with previous awardees at the Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium on Monday, March 6 in Low Library.

Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery

The Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant program provides support for faculty who are developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies in the classroom. Instructors of selected courses will have access to resources and support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for content development, instructional design, media production, assessment, and project management.

Awardees will receive in-kind support from the CTL and will also be funded with a grant of up to $20,000. A key goal of this initiative, which began in 2014, is to measure the effectiveness of these efforts, and to improve instructional delivery methods and learning outcomes of Columbia University students from all disciplines.  Faculty can apply for support for courses held during the 2017-18 academic year.

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, April 3, 2017.  The link to apply for the Request for Proposals for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery is available here via Columbia Online’s website.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The Office of the Provost will also continue to support open online courses taught by Columbia faculty via a Request for Proposals for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  Columbia courses offered through MOOC platforms continue to attract and reach a large global learning community, stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, make teaching and research activities at the University more visible, and promote public engagement and dialogue through our open online courses.  

While the experience of developing and offering these courses can be rewarding, MOOCs require substantial time to prepare.  Accepted courses will receive consultation services and hands-on support for instructional design and media production from the CTL.  A limited number of grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded.  

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, April 24, 2017.  The link to apply for the Request for Proposals for MOOCs is available here.

Visit the Columbia Online website to view the previous Hybrid Learning and MOOC RFP Awardees, and to learn more about MOOCs offered by world renowned faculty from The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Arts & Sciences, the Medical School, and university affiliates—Barnard and Teachers College.

Learn how CTL staff collaborate with Hybrid Learning Awardees and other instructors at Columbia to transform their classrooms in our Instructor Spotlight series.