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Online Faculty Institutes and Intensives

The CTL has moved all Summer 2020 institutes and intensives online and each has been revised to address multiple teaching formats—face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended—so that faculty can best prepare for Fall 2020. Institutes and intensives are offered both asynchronously (self-paced) and synchronously (live sessions). 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.

Prepare for Fall 2020: Adapt Your Course to a Flexible Format


Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute

To prepare Columbia faculty for the Fall 2020 semester, the CTL has developed the Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute: a new 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


Take a Closer Look: Master Different Teaching Approaches

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? Maximize your summer by enrolling 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

Application Period Has Passed for Institutes Below:

Design a Hybrid/Blended Unit or Course

Blended Learning Institute 

The Blended Learning Essentials Institute provides an overview of blended learning and guides instructors through a research-based, stepwise design process for a lesson or unit of study. Over the four-day institute, faculty will complete reading, workbook, and discussion activities complemented by live group discussion activities and one-on-one office hours. Throughout the institute and beyond, faculty will have access to CTL staff and a cohort of peers to discuss their work. Each day of the institute, faculty will apply a new step of the blended learning design process to their identified unit or course of study with the aim toward creating a blended learning experience that aligns assessments and activities to student learning objectives. Columbia faculty are invited to sign up by Monday, June 15, 2020.

Dates: Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Tuesday, June 23, 2020
For: all Columbia faculty 
Format: mix of self-paced and live sessions
Time Commitment: four days, five hours per day

In case you missed it: Read the CTL’s on-demand Blended Learning Guide or enroll in our self-paced course Blended / Hybrid Learning Essentials.

Engage Your Students

Active Learning Institute

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom? In this four-day immersive online experience, Columbia 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 online materials, and fostering and maintaining an inclusive course climate. Columbia faculty are invited to apply by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020
For: all Columbia faculty 
Format: mix of self-paced and live sessions
Time commitment: four days, five hours per day

In case you missed it: Read the CTL’s online resources Active Learning for Your Online Classroom: Five Strategies Using Zoom or Active Learning: The Learner’s Perspective

Prepare to Teach in Health Sciences

CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning  

The 2020 CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning is a one-week online workshop devoted to exploring effective teaching and learning strategies in health sciences education. Since its inception in 2007, the CUIMC Summer Institute has grown to become one of CUIMC’s highly-anticipated professional development events. Facilitators include experienced CUIMC faculty and other faculty developers from the Medical Center. The CUIMC Summer Institute is designed for junior faculty and senior faculty taking on a new teaching role to develop their skills as educators, learn about interactive teaching techniques, and collaborate with other faculty across the campus. Faculty are invited to apply for the CUIMC Summer Institute by Friday, June 19, 2020.

For: CUIMC faculty
Dates: Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Format: mix of self-paced and live sessions
Time commitment: five days, 3.5 hours per day

Create Materials for Online or Blended Courses

Designing Interactive Learning Objects  

Are you thinking about ways to engage students with digital activities? Are you interested in building your own interactive learning objects, such as quizzes, games, simulations, graphics, and videos? The 2020 Designing Interactive Learning Objects Institute is a three-day workshop devoted to exploring the effective design and integration of interactive learning objects into active learning environments. In addition to introducing best practices to inform the design of digital interactive learning objects, faculty will experience each step of the design process, and engage in peer review. Throughout the institute, faculty will focus on mapping activities to specific student learning objectives for a unit in their course. Faculty are invited to apply for the Designing Interactive Learning Objects Institute by June 29, 2020.

Dates: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Thursday, July 30, 2020
For: all Columbia faculty 
Format: mix of self-paced and live sessions
Time commitment: three days, eight hours per day

Upcoming Events

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

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