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 Refresh

Even the most experienced faculty sometimes find that their courses need revitalization–perhaps students struggle with a particular topic, or there are areas that could use new energy–but it’s difficult to find the time to fully redesign a course. Join Columbia faculty for an opportunity to reflect on your course, including effective ways to engage your learners throughout and make the course more enjoyable to teach. You’ll leave with an implementation plan to create a more engaging, learner-centered course. 

Hybrid Course Design Essentials for RFP Applicants

Faculty from all disciplines who are planning to apply for the Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery Grant are invited to attend this three-hour hybrid course design workshop on February 28, 2019. This session will offer faculty hands-on instruction and activities designed to help them prepare their course for a Hybrid Learning Grant proposal.

Note: This offering is primarily intended for faculty interested in applying for the Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery Grant. Faculty interested in course design for hybrid courses can enroll in Blended Learning Essentials: A Self-Paced Online Course (bit.ly/ctl-ble). Faculty interested in general course design may apply for the Course Design Essentials intensive.

Course Design Essentials

Are you looking to design a new course, or change the design of an existing course? Do you want to get a jump start on course planning for the fall semester? Reclaim your summer by joining other Columbia faculty in a one-day course design workshop! CTL staff will guide participants through a day of interactive activities that will get you started planning your course, and you’ll walk away with the materials you need to create learner-centered course materials. All faculty with Columbia teaching contexts are welcome to apply for this 6-hour intensive that will occur on June 4, 2019. Apply by May 21, 2019 for full consideration. Applications received after May 21, 2019 will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Active Learning Institute

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your face-to-face or online classroom environments? In this three-day institute (June 18–20, from 9 am to 4 pm daily), 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. To model how pre-class work can help us make the best use of in-class time together, faculty will be asked to complete a pre-institute online module on articulating student learning objectives. 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. Throughout the institute, faculty will focus on aligning assessments and activities to student learning objectives for a unit in their course.

Applications are due on Monday, May 13, 2019

CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning for CUIMC Faculty

The CUIMC Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning two-day intensive (July 8 – 9) 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.

Topics covered during the Institute will include:

  • Teaching and Learning in the Health Sciences
  • Effective Course Design
  • Designing Student-Centered Activities
  • Creating Inclusive Classrooms

Designing Interactive Learning Objects for CUIMC Faculty

Thinking about ways to engage students with digital activities? Are you interested in building your own interactive learning objects? This three-day institute (July 30 – August 1) 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. Examples of learning objects are quizzes, games, simulations, and interactive graphics and video. 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. This inaugural Designing Interactive Learning Objects Institute will be limited to a small number of CUIMC faculty.

Applications close July 12, 2019.


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