Teaching Online

Planning for Fall 2020? CTL has created online resources and workshops to help instructors adapt to teaching online and best prepare for the upcoming semester. Resources and workshops provide guidance on adapting courses to an online or blended format, teaching with technology such as CourseWorks (Canvas), Zoom, and Panopto, and pedagogical strategies for engaging students online. 

For assistance, see the Get Help section for phone and virtual walk-in hours.

Help & Workshops | Getting Started | Teaching with Technology | Pedagogical Strategies 

Help and Workshops 

Adapt Your Course to a Flexible Format: Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute

Preparing for Fall 2020? Enroll in the Hybrid & Online Teaching Institute: a new online offering that guides instructors through adapting their courses from face-to-face to online or hybrid formats.

Get Help

Get remote one-on-one support from CTL staff.

Master Different Teaching Approaches: Additional Online Institutes

Additional online institutes offered this summer for instructors to develop new teaching approaches, applications, and skills for multiple classroom formats: face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended. 

Supporting Hybrid & Online Learning and Teaching

A self-paced course designed to help Columbia graduate student instructors in support roles develop effective teaching practices in online and hybrid courses.

Getting Started: Tools for Teaching Online

Teaching with Zoom

Guidelines for establishing a Zoom account, scheduling class sessions, hosting a class, taking attendance, and additional tools in Zoom. See also Security and Privacy in Zoom.

Teaching with Panopto

Guidelines on how to use Panopto to securely host a variety of media to share with students, including uploading and recording video. This CourseWorks-integrated tool supports in-video quizzes, video editing, screen captures, and more.

Teaching with CourseWorks

How to set up discussions, take attendance, create and grade assignments, and create online exams and quizzes using CourseWorks, Columbia’s online learning management system.

Teaching with Technology: Going Deeper 

Virtual Office Hours

An overview of Zoom and CourseWorks Conferences (BigBlueButton) capabilities for online office hours.

Video Production Best Practices

Advice for video set up, recording, editing and publishing, including technical considerations for creating active and engaging classroom experiences using video.

Creating Online Exams

An overview of CourseWorks tools, options, and settings that can help implement exams efficiently and fairly and make the exam experience positive for both instructors and students.

Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Online

Adapting Your Face-to-Face Course to a Fully Online Course: A Guide

Suggestions for adapting the design of a face-to-face course by focusing on online capabilities, the intentional integration of technology, and emphasizing learner-centered and inclusive practices.

Asynchronous Learning Across Time Zones

Tips for setting up an online course that gives students and instructors the flexibility to engage with course material, activities, and each other from anywhere and at any time.

Active Learning for Your Online Classroom: Five Strategies Using Zoom

Simple strategies that combine active learning principles with online tools to promote student access and engagement with content, facilitate sharing of ideas, and encourage reflection on learning.

Accessibility in Teaching and Learning

“Getting started” strategies for making learning resources, tools, experiences, and opportunities accessible to all learners. 

Inclusive Teaching and Learning Online

Strategies for inclusive teaching online structured around the five principles of inclusive teaching as outlined in the Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia.

Graduate Student TAs: Adapting Your Teaching

Resources that graduate student instructors can draw on to stay connected to students and maintain learning in classes in which they are acting as Teaching Assistants. 

Maximizing Student Learning

This resource provides strategies to be a successful online student, including tools to help implement these strategies.

Planning for Online Lab Sessions

Suggestions for considering the role of lab sessions in your students’ learning, along with specific tactics and resources you can employ to help provide meaningful online lab sessions. 

Working with TAs Online

Teaching Assistants can be invaluable partners for faculty and other course instructors. This page offers recommendations and considerations for faculty who are working with TAs to run courses online.

*NEW* Hybrid/HyFlex Teaching & Learning

What is HyFlex? How does it work? What are some strategies for getting started? This guide helps instructors answer these questions by providing an overview and practical strategies for setting up HyFlex activities.

*NEW* Seven Strategies for Success in Six-Week Immersive Courses

 This resource distills the seven most impactful strategies to employ when designing an immersive course.