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Wondering what undergraduate students think about particular engagement, assessment, or inclusion strategies? The use of Zoom, CourseWorks or other instructional technologies to support their learning? How they experience the hybrid/HyFlex or online Columbia classroom? How students might respond to a project or assignment? Or any other input on a class you are teaching?

Ask a student! Columbia instructors are invited to submit their teaching and learning questions and our Undergraduate Student Consultants (part of the Students as Pedagogical Partners initiative) will share their thoughts and experiences. Meet them below and read why they are interested in this initiative. 

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2021 Undergraduate Student Consultants

Sandesh Tuladhar

Sajan Bar

School of Engineering and Applied Science

“I am fascinated with the way we receive and process information in the classroom. Through this initiative, I hope to expand and develop education techniques by working directly with professors to bridge gaps in curriculum and classroom experience. I believe this work will help to create a positive learning environment throughout Columbia University and beyond by providing students and professors with a meaningful forum to hear new perspectives on learning.”

Sajan’s online learning experience

Catherine Ross

Donian Chyong

Columbia College

“I applied to the initiative as a unique way of giving back to the Columbia community, and as a way to use my background in research and experimental design to help create better ways to learn on campus.”

Donian’s online learning experience

Sandesh Tuladhar

Yarin Reindorp

General Studies

“Our experiences as students have the capacity to shape the way we see ourselves and our future. Therefore, the classroom space is pivotal and good teaching and learning approaches are key. I believe that little changes can make a truly a significant difference in our learning experience and hope that through this important initiative we can shed light on the student perspective to make these changes.”

Yarin’s online learning experience

Sandesh Tuladhar

Michelle Yao

Columbia College

“I’ve always been curious about the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into crafting a curriculum, and am excited to have the opportunity to support the development and improvement of educational experiences in and beyond the classroom for my peers and professors.”

Michelle’s online learning experience

Students as Pedagogical PartnersWhat is the Students as Pedagogical Partners initiative?

In Spring 2020, the CTL launched Students as Pedagogical Partners (SAPP), its first initiative co-facilitated by undergraduate students, presenting an unprecedented opportunity to bring together faculty and students to work together towards transforming teaching and learning at Columbia.


Including the learner perspective, their insights, and experiences, into discussions on pedagogy provides a unique opportunity for faculty to reflect on their teaching with learners in mind.

How does it work?

CTL staff and the student consultants have partnered to develop online resources and provide helpful feedback and reflections on their online and hybrid learning experiences for faculty. 

Who are the 2021 Undergraduate Student Consultants?

The CTL has hired four Undergraduate Student Consultants on Teaching and Learning from across campus (above). See the previous cohort of Student Consultants here

Resources Developed by the Student Consultants

The following resources were developed by the CTL’s Student Consultants as they reflected on their experiences with learner-centered teaching, active learning strategies, inclusive teaching and learning, and the transition to remote learning. Click on each to learn more about their thoughts and experiences.