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Faculty Institutes and Intensives

The CTL offers Institutes and Intensives both asynchronously (self-paced) and synchronously (live sessions) that address multiple teaching formats—face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended. Topics range from broader teaching approaches to in-depth looks at specific teaching strategies and skills.

These synchronous and asynchronous opportunities provide a space for faculty to develop new teaching approaches, applications, and skills with guidance from CTL staff in an immersive, supportive environment.

Engage Your Students

Active Learning Institute (Online) – Summer 2024

Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13, 2024

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom? In this four-day immersive online experience, Columbia and affiliate faculty will explore the purposes and benefits of active learning and learn how to apply these research-based practices by developing their own active and learner-centered (face-to-face or online) course units. 

During the institute, faculty will complete a series of hands-on activities and discussions over Zoom and CourseWorks (Canvas) to work through the essential components of designing engaging student learning experiences. Topics addressed include facilitating individual and collaborative learning activities, planning and creating effective instructional materials, and fostering and maintaining an inclusive course climate.

Faculty from Columbia and its affiliate institutions are invited to apply. Admission to the Active Learning Institute for Summer 2024 is rolling, and applications received by Monday, May 13, 2024, will be given priority.

For: all Columbia and affiliate faculty are invited to apply
Format: Mix of asynchronous and synchronous online activities
Time Commitment: 20 hours

Prepare to Teach in Health Sciences

CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning  

Applications are now open for the 2024 CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning, a two-day, in-person institute devoted to exploring effective teaching and learning strategies in health sciences education for online and in-person teaching. The institute is open to all CUIMC faculty.

The program will consist of asynchronous preparatory work and a mixture of large and small in-person group sessions. This Institute is facilitated by members of CUIMC’s teaching community and is sponsored by: Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning; Mailman School of Public Health Teaching Academy; the Office of Academic Affairs at the College of Physicians and Surgeons; and the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators. Apply by Monday, May 20 at 5pm.

For: CUIMC faculty
Dates: Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11, 2024, 8:30am – 4:30pm, in Butler Library (Morningside Campus)
Format: In-person sessions
Time commitment: Two days 

Design or Redesign Your Course from Scratch

Course Design Essentials

Are you looking to design a new course or change the design of an existing course (face-to-face, blended, or fully online)? Do you want to jump start your course planning for the fall semester? Enroll in our online, self-paced Course Design Essentials course. There you will be guided through the fundamentals of learner-centered course design and a series of activities and downloadable worksheets. Upon completing the asynchronous experience, you should have a plan and the resources needed to continue the design process. 

For: all Columbia faculty
Format: self-paced 
Time Commitment: six hours

Adapt Your Course to a Flexible Format


Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute

The CTL has developed the Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute: an online offering that guides faculty through adapting their courses from face-to-face to online or hybrid formats. This offering provides instructors a foundation that can serve across all formats of teaching with the capacity to adapt quickly to whatever mode of teaching makes the most sense at any given time. The institute provides faculty with a comprehensive toolkit they can apply to their own course context whether this may be a seminar, small lecture, or large lecture class. 

For: all Columbia faculty
Format: mix of self-paced and live sessions
Time Commitment: six hours


Upcoming Events

Visit the CTL Events Calendar to browse all upcoming events for faculty.

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The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of support for faculty in both their work and their professional development.