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Course Design Support 

Whether designing or redesigning a face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex, or online course, the CTL is here to help! Engage in the CTL offering that meets your needs.

Course Design Essentials (Online) for Faculty 

Design or redesign a course from anywhere and at any time.

Are you looking to design a new course or change the design of an existing course (face-to-face, blended, or fully online)? Enroll in our online, self-paced Course Design Essentials (Online) course.


Enroll Now

Faculty are invited to enroll in Course Design Essentials via the link below. Questions? Please contact CTL Faculty Programs and Services at CTLfaculty@columbia.edu.

Within the CourseWorks site, you will be guided through the fundamentals of learner-centered course design and a series of activities and downloadable worksheets. 

The five modules include:

Module 1: Course Design: Getting Started
Module 2: Articulating Learning Objectives
Module 3: Assessing Student Learning
Module 4: Planning for Teaching and Learning Activities 
Module 5: Putting It All Together 

Upon completing the asynchronous experience, you should have a plan and the resources needed to continue the design process. 


Who is this self-paced course open to?

Course Design Essentials (Online) is open to all Columbia instructors. 


Course Design Video Playlist

Have limited time but are looking for an overview about the elements of course design? Watch our narrated video playlist on ColumbiaLearn. There you will find four videos created using Panopto:

Video 1: Course Design: Getting Started
Video 2: Articulating Learning Objectives 
Video 3: Assessing Student Learning
Video 4: Planning Teaching and Learning Activities 


Course Design Readings

At the CTL, we draw on two course design frameworks: 

  • Backward Design, informed by Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005)
  • Integrated Course Design (Fink, 2013)

Explore these sources (ebooks available, log in with your UNI to access):


Consultations on Course Design 

Looking for one-on-one course design or redesign support? CTL staff can assist you as you draft your learning objectives, assessments, teaching and learning activities, and syllabi. To schedule a consultation, please contact CTLfaculty@columbia.edu

The CTL is here for faculty.

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