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Faculty Intensives, Institutes, and Seminars

Multi-day institutes provide an opportunity for faculty to develop new teaching approaches, applications, and skills with hands-on guidance from CTL staff in an immersive, supportive environment.

Semester-long seminar programs engage faculty in a supportive community of practice through a series of connected modules, workshops, and discussion groups on teaching and learning topics.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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


Course Design Essentials

Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (Morningside campus)
Are you looking to design a new course, or change the design of an existing course? Do you want to jump start your course planning for the fall semester? Maximize your summer by joining other Columbia faculty in a one-day course design workshop! You will begin applying the fundamentals of learner-centered course design through a series of guided activities, and you’ll walk away with a plan and helpful resources to continue the design process. All faculty with Columbia teaching contexts are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Apply by May 14 for full consideration.


Active Learning Institute

Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Morningside campus)

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom environments? In this three-day institute, 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 course units.

During the institute, faculty will participate in a combination of hands-on activities, an instructional technologies lab, discussions, and online exercises 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, May 11, 2020.


CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning


Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1:00 PM – Friday, July 10, 2020 5:00 PM (CUIMC campus)

Program Description: The CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning two-day intensive 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. Our facilitators are 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 Monday, June 8, 2020.

Designing Interactive Learning Objects

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 9:00 AM – Thursday, July 30, 2020 5:00 PM (Morningside campus)

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? This three-day institute (July 28 – 30) will introduce faculty to interactive digital activities that allow students to deeply engage with content, principles of online activity design, and assessment strategies to measure the impact on student learning. 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.


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