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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The CTL provides comprehensive production and media support for the design, creation, and delivery of MOOCs using two partner organizations: edX and Coursera.

The Office of the Provost’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Request for Proposals provides faculty with funds up to $25,000 and support from the CTL to develop online courses that stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, and make more visible the teaching and research activities of the University. Visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation website to learn more about this funding opportunity, the application process, and past recipients.

Recent MOOC releases:

Protection of Children in Humanitarian Settings

Hanna-Tina Fischer, Instructor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health
Mark Canavera, Co-director of the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network
Mike Wessells, Professor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health

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Strengthen your approach to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children in humanitarian settings using the latest evidence on childhood adversity and drawing on experiences from child protection practitioners.

See launch announcement.

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

Amanda M. Jungels, Senior Assistant Director, Faculty Programs and Services, CTL
Chandani Patel, Senior Assistant Director, Faculty Programs and Services, CTL
Amanda Irvin, Director, Faculty Programs and Services, CTL

Explore the principles of inclusive teaching and learn how to apply them in your classroom to support diverse learners.

See launch announcement.

Indian & Tibetan River of Buddhism

Robert A.F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies

Explore an overview of the history and philosophy of Buddhism throughout India, South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Central Asia, featuring the basics of the Buddhist view of reality and its educational principles of sciences, mind and social ethics.

See launch announcement.

Attaining Higher Education

Beth E. Morgan, Director of Higher Education Transition and Partnerships, CVTI

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Prepare to transition to college using intentional decision-making. Aimed at active duty service members and veterans, with this course you will learn about the college admission process, including financial aid, to help you choose a right-fit college.

See launch announcement.

Corporate Finance Professional Certificate Program

Daniel Wolfenzon, Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

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This four-week course is based on the Corporate Finance course for first-year MBA students at the Columbia Business School. It introduced students to real world transactions and case studies, exercises in Excel modeling, and explored the theoretical principles of finance. First released September 2017 on edX.

Women Have Always Worked - XSeries

Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor American History Emerita

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This four-part, self-paced course series explores the history of women in America and introduces students to historians’ work to uncover the place of women and gender in America’s past. XSeries available on

  1. Seeking Women’s Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War
  2. Wage Work for Women Citizens: 1870-1920
  3. Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950
  4. Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018

See release announcement.

University Studies for Veterans

R.J. Jenkins, Curriculum Designer, Center for Veteran Transition and Integration

Sara Remedios, Associate Dean of Students, School of General Studies

Josh Edwins, Senior Assistant Dean of Students, School of General Studies

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This six-section course is aimed at helping student veterans to excel in a college environment before beginning their college careers. It introduced students to foundational academic and study skills, strategies for more effective reading, writing and test preparation, and how to navigate the norms and expectations of a college classroom. First released September 2017 on edX.

Science of Learning: What Every Teacher Should Know

Pearl Kane, Klingenstein Family Professor for the Advancement of Independent School Education at Teachers College

Kevin Mattingly, Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College

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This self-paced course explores, through current research, how we learn—the way our brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories. As part of the White House ConnectEd initiative, U.S. teachers and students in high-need schools who participate in this course will be eligible for free Verified Certificates. First released November 2016 on edX.

Innovating Instruction: Reimagining Teaching with Technology

Ellen B. Meier, Director and  Co-Founder of the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University 

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This four-week course prepared K-12 educators to integrate technology through the use of a design-based process. As a part of the White House ConnectEd initiative, U.S. teachers and students who participated in this course will be eligible for free Verified Certificates. First released May 2017 on edX.

Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media

Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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This five-week MOOC explored the vital role that journalism has played in fighting injustice and wrongdoing over the last 100 years, and delved into the current trends reshaping investigative reporting in the digital age. First released February 2017 on edX.

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