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Instructional Technology Resources

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 also supports custom software development and media production for faculty through the Provost’s Request for Proposals for hybrid and online learning projects. These efforts allow faculty to stay on the cutting edge of instructional technologies.

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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.


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.


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

The CTL researches and experiments.

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