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Teaching With Technology

The CTL helps members of the Columbia teaching community effectively integrate instructional technologies in their teaching practice. Faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff can get advice, training, and support to experiment with a rich portfolio of online platforms and digital and media tools to turn classrooms into active spaces for learning. 

The CTL provides logistical, organizational, and instructional support for the Office of the Provost’s Request for Proposals for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The RFPs offer faculty small grants and in-kind support from the CTL supporting custom software development and media production.

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Instructional Technology Resources

Audience Response Systems

Audience Response Systems (ARS) are used in classrooms of all sizes to engage participants by facilitating interactions among the students and the instructor. Instructors use audience response technologies to communicate with learners and collect feedback on questions. Learners respond to these questions using their own web-enabled devices, such as a phone, tablet, or laptop computer.


Columbia’s learning management system, CourseWorks, is at the center of many instructional technology activities. CourseWorks is supplemented and enhanced by other tools that support a range of instructional objectives, such as tools for online collaboration, presentations, lecture capture, audience response, media annotation, and electronic portfolios.


EdBlogs make it easy to share course content and create an online community using a blogging format. EdBlogs provides a blog for any course offered at Columbia University upon the course instructor’s request.


LionMail includes LionMail (Google) Drive which provides unlimited file storage, as well as access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. All these document types offer multiple collaboration and sharing options.


Mediathread is an innovative media platform built by the CTL that supports collaborative multimedia analysis. Mediathread allows students to use video, audio, and image assets from a range of digital collections and then work with them in a course-specific website.

Panopto Media Service

Panopto is Columbia’s media platform featuring full storage and streaming functionality for audio and video content. Panopto supports recording and live streaming of classes and other events and can be integrated with CourseWorks/Canvas and other services through LTI integration. Panopto is particularly useful for flipped classroom, lecture capture/review, and online programs.


Wikispaces platform closed end of 2018. Consider using Confluence instead. See note on platform closing.

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom features full video conferencing functionality, breakout rooms, Canvas integration, and support for Android and iOS mobile.

Support and DIY Resources

See also Teaching Resources.

Case Consortium @ Columbia

The Case Consortium @ Columbia includes a collection of over eighty multimedia case studies covering a range of topics in fields such as journalism, public health, and sustainable development.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly is an online training resource that offers videos on business skills, IT skills and desktop skills.

Teaching Online

CTL has created resources providing guidance and support for instructors facilitating their courses online, including employing instructional technologies like CourseWorks (Canvas), Zoom, and Panopto to continue instruction and communicate with students.

Developing Poll Questions to Engage and Assess Student Thinking in Science and Engineering Courses

This guide provides an overview of how to develop and incorporate poll questions into your classroom that engage students in higher-order cognitive processes, such as applying concepts or evaluating hypotheses, to assess your students’ understanding. 

Teaching with Do-It-Yourself Video

This guide offers examples, principles, and best practices to help instructors create active and engaging classroom experiences using video, and provides information about the CTL’s DIY Media Production Spaces where instructors can create a variety of media, including interactive videos, screencasts, and annotated media.

Project Portfolios

Instructional Technology Projects

Projects developed by the CTL feature unique media productions and software development. If you are a faculty member interested in developing an educational innovation for your course, you can apply for funding for project development through the Office of the Provost’s Request for Proposals.


The CTL provides logistical, organizational, and instructional support for the Office of the Provost’s Request for Proposals for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The CTL researches and experiments.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of resources and tools for instructional activities.