Teaching Resources

Looking for on-demand resources, tips and strategies? The CTL is developing a repository of resources on inclusive teaching practices, teaching with technology, and other teaching and learning topics. Browse the links below to find teaching and learning resources to support your needs and interests.

Online Courses

New Faculty Orientation to Teaching: A self-paced course for faculty new to teaching at Columbia, this course provides instructors with an overview of the teaching and learning context at Columbia, learner-centered and inclusive teaching practices, strategies for engaging all students, and resources available to instructors and academic support resources for learners. This course is a flexible alternative to the CTL’s in-person New Faculty Orientation to Teaching, and includes information and a checklist to get new faculty started.

Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online: This self-paced training course helps faculty, graduate students, staff, and other members of the Columbia teaching community learn about the various features offered by CourseWorks (Canvas). The course guides instructors through the steps of setting up their course site and highlights various features that enrich the learning experience for students. A flexible alternative to the CTL’s live training sessions, the course also provides opportunities to interact with peers and Canvas experts at the CTL.

Assessment and Grading in CourseWorks (Canvas): An advanced take on the Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online course, this self-paced training provides instructors with an in-depth understanding of the assessment and grading features in CourseWorks (Canvas). Participants learn about setting up assignments within CourseWorks using various tools, and navigate the different grading features available within CourseWorks to grade assignments, quizzes, and discussions. The course itself models the ways in which Canvas can be used for different course activities.

Blended Learning Essentials: This self-paced course provides an overview of blended learning and guides instructors through the design process for a lesson or unit of study. The course features videos of Columbia University faculty and former recipients of the Provost’s Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grants, who share their blended teaching and learning experiences. Instructors are encouraged to use the course packet which includes worksheets and checklists to draft and document their blended learning design and implementation plans.

Teaching Tips and Resources

Blended Learning: What is blended learning? What are the benefits to a blended learning approach? What are some strategies for getting started? This resource helps instructors answer these questions by describing the elements of an effective, learner-centered “blend” derived from research and evidence-based practices. In addition, it offers questions that instructors can reflect on before designing their course and additional references and resources. This resource is particularly useful to faculty applying for the Provost’s Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant program and similar requests for proposals.

Contemplative Pedagogy: Contemplative Pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning with the goal of encouraging deep learning through focused attention, reflection, and heightened awareness. Learners are encouraged to engage deeply with course material through contemplation and introspection. This resource provides strategies for helping instructors build in opportunities for students to develop deeper understandings of course material.

Digital Literacy Competency Calculator: Find connections between digital literacy competencies and the teaching and learning practices that produce them.

FAQ for Teaching Assistants: Browse our list of frequently asked questions, scenarios, and resources for graduate student instructors regarding classroom course management, accommodations, academic integrity, personal issues, logistics, teaching inspiration, and more.

Introduction to CourseWorks (Canvas) Online: Enroll in a self-paced training course that helps faculty, graduate students, staff, and other members of the Columbia teaching community learn about the various features offered by CourseWorks (Canvas).

Metacognition ResourceMetacognitive thinking skills are important for instructors and students alike. This resource provides instructors with an overview of the what and why of metacognition and general “getting started” strategies for teaching for and with metacognition.

Teaching with DIY Video: Learn best practices for producing videos that can help you create more active and engaging classroom experiences.

Teaching Guides

Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia: Looking to take your inclusive teaching practice to the next level? In 2017 the CTL released the Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia. The guide offers five inclusive teaching principles derived from research and evidence-based practices, as well as practical, accessible, and usable strategies that instructors can use immediately.

Recorded Programs and Events

Columbia Students Share Their Most Engaging Learning Experiences: Columbia faculty had a chance to talk to the learners themselves during the CTL’s Teaching Orientation for Faculty in Fall 2017. In this video, a panel of Columbia students share their most memorable and engaging learning experiences at the University.

Provost’s Conversations on Online Learning: The Provost’s Conversations on Online Learning (PCoOL) is a series of public talks by leading experts and peers on the future of education, specifically around online education.

Cathy N. Davidson on “The New Education”: The 2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium featured keynote speaker Cathy N. Davidson, author of The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books). In her talk on the “The New Education,” Davidson situates the modern research university within its Taylorist origins. She asks, provocatively, what would higher education look like if we were to consider, deeply and thoroughly, the kind of university students today need to prepare them for the complexities of the world they have inherited.

José Antonio Bowen on “Teaching Naked”: In this video recording of the 2017 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, keynote speaker José Antonio Bowen, President of Goucher College, shares insights from his book “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.” The CTL also recorded a series of short videos with Bowen:

Additional Resources

CTL Knowledge Base: Visit the CTL Knowledge Base to browse a comprehensive set of FAQs related to various programs, services, and educational platforms.

Media and Software Development Projects: Looking for inspiration? See a list of past projects developed by Columbia faculty and the CTL to support and enrich students’ learning. Faculty can apply for funding for project development through the Office of the Provost’s Request for Proposals.

Teaching and Learning Reference Library: The CTL maintains a collection of reference books in Butler Room 212 for use by the Columbia teaching community. Stop by during our consultation hours.

Lynda.com: Lynda.com is an online training resource that offers videos on business skills, IT skills and desktop skills. The subscription for the Columbia community gives Faculty and Staff unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current and engaging videos tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. Log in wtih your UNI and password to get started.

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