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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 Teaching and Learning Grants for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide 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:

Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, ISHR
Andrew J. Nathan, Professor, Political Science

Indigenous Peoples Examine how Indigenous Peoples have been contesting norms, institutions and global debates in the past 50 years, and how they have been re-shaping and gradually decolonizing these systems at international and national levels.

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Released: 10/28/2020

Learning Success

R.J. Jenkins, Curriculum Design Specialist, Center for Veteran Transition and Integration
Sara Remedios, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic and Learning Initiatives, School of General Studies
Josh Edwin, Associate Dean of Students, School of General Studies

Learning Success course image Learn successful strategies that will help you achieve your academic goals and allow you to make the most of your college education.

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Released: 10/14/2020

Crisis Resource Management

Vivek K. Moitra, MD, Allen I. Hyman Professor of Critical Care Anesthesiology
David O. Kessler, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine
Jessica Spellman, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University

Crisis Resource Management course image Learn the skills critical for effective teamwork in a crisis situation with focus on preparation, decision-making, and reflection across multidisciplinary teams.

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Released: 10/7/2020

The Civil War and Reconstruction - XSeries

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University

The Civil War and Reconstruction - XSeries course image Civil War and Reconstruction three-part series introduces students to the most pivotal era in American history. This XSeries will examine the causes of the war, the road to secession, the conduct of the Civil War, the coming of emancipation, and the struggle after the war to breathe meaning into the promise of freedom for four million emancipated slaves. (Updated Fall 2020.)

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

Course Image by Unni Krishnan, Save the Children

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.

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Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

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

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom course image Inclusive teaching has received increased attention on college campuses around the country and around the world. Understanding how course climate impacts students and their learning is increasingly important to faculty and administrators alike across a wide range of educational contexts. Yet creating equitable learning environments that support all students’ learning can be a challenge, especially when one considers that course climate consists of a variety of factors (e.g., student-student interactions, faculty-student interactions, course content and policies).

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Released: 6/26/2019

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.

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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. In this course, aimed at active duty service members and veterans, you will learn about the college admissions process—including financial aid—to help you choose a right-fit college.

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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 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.

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