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What’s it like to teach and learn at Columbia in 2020-2021? Share your Hybrid/HyFlex or Online teaching and learning experiences with the CTL and the world.

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About This Initiative

Faculty, postdocs, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to submit their reflections—through video, audio, or text—on hybrid/HyFlex or fully online teaching, curricular innovations, or learning experiences at Columbia during the pandemic. Share your perspectives and experiences of teaching and learning during this unprecedented academic year.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) would like to highlight the amazing work that both instructors and students are doing to adapt and succeed in the current teaching and learning environment. We also hope that by sharing our experiences with one another, we may be informed and inspired in our own practice. The CTL will feature submissions on the CTL website, spotlight in weekly newsletters and social media campaigns, and showcase during the 2021 Celebration of Teaching and Learning.

Instructors and Teaching Assistants

Submissions might include sharing strategies that work well in the hybrid/HyFlex or online contexts (such as community-building, engagement, or assessment strategies), showcasing CourseWorks or other uses of instructional technologies to support student learning, and other creative solutions to teaching and learning challenges. Instructors or TAs are invited to respond to the following:

  • Briefly describe the course you teach at Columbia (class size, level, place in the curriculum).
  • What aspects of the course did you adapt for an online or hybrid/HyFlex modality? Why? Specify the strategies and the instructional technologies you used to build community, create a welcoming environment, engage learners, or assess student learning.
  • How did your students experience these community-building, engagement, or assessment strategies?
  • What are your take-aways for the experience? What advice would you have for other instructors teaching hybrid/HyFlex or online courses?

Students (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Submissions might include sharing insights and experiences on being a learner in a hybrid/HyFlex or online classrooms, highlighting inclusive experiences, most engaging moments, uses of instructional technologies that work for you, and what helps you stay motivated to learn. Students (undergraduate or graduate) are invited to respond to the following (submissions should be free of identifiers – no instructor, TA, or peer names).

  • What is it like to be a learner in a hybrid/HyFlex or online course?
  • What strategies have helped you to feel most engaged and/or included?
  • What has been most impactful/memorable/meaningful to you so far? Explain.
  • What helps you to stay motivated to learn in an online or hybrid/HyFlex environment?
  • What take-aways from your experiences would you share with your peers and/or other instructors?

Submissions

Submissions can be text-based, audio, or short video recordings. We invite a first round of submissions now through November 20, 2020. The second round of submissions will be until December 20, 2020. Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year.

Step 1: Complete the submissions form.

Step 2: Upload your media file(s) to the form. For video submissions, upload your media file. For audio submissions, upload your audio file and a photo headshot. For text submissions, upload your photo headshot and enter your text in the textbox. Note: depending on file size it may take a few moments to upload.

Step 3: Acknowledge that you agree to share your submission publicly.

Please be aware that all submissions will be reviewed and the CTL will determine when, and how to spotlight submissions.

Guidelines

Your video or audio recording should be no more than 2 minutes (duration) long. Save your video, audio, or photo locally on your device or computer. Upload your video, audio, and/or photo to the submission form. Note: The maximum file upload size is 2GB.

Video

  • Please keep recordings under 2 minutes.
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a built-in camera and mic, or an external webcam and microphone.
  • On your computer, you can use Zoom or other video recording applications such as Quicktime (Mac) or Moviemaker (PC).
  • Make sure you are well lit and choose an attractive uncluttered background.
  • Make sure the location is relatively quiet and free from background noise such as AC, talking, music, traffic, machines.
  • Use 16:9 (horizontal and vertical).
  • Always record a test first. Play and listen to it back before recording and submitting your final video or audio.
  • Record in the highest resolution or quality possible.
  • Select a standard file type such as .mp4 (video).

Audio

  • Please keep recordings under 2 minutes.
  • Include a photo headshot for showcasing purposes.
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a built-in microphone or an external microphone that you plugin, such as a USB microphone.
  • On a smartphone or mobile device record using an application such as Voice Memo (IOS), Easy Voice Recorder (Android).
  • On a computer record using an application such as Audacity (Mac & PC).
  • Make sure the location is relatively quiet and free from background noise such as AC, talking, music, traffic, machines…
  • Record in the highest audio resolution or best quality possible.
  • Select a standard audio file type such as .mp3
  • For the photo headshot (selfie)
  • Use a smartphone, mobile device, or camera to photograph your headshot.
  • Set your device to high resolution.
  • Make sure you are well light and choose an attractive uncluttered background.

Text

  • Please keep your written reflection under 600 words.
  • Include a photo headshot for showcasing purposes.
  • For the photo headshot (selfie)
  • Use a smartphone, mobile device, or camera to photograph your headshot.
  • Set your device to high resolution.
  • Make sure you are well light and choose an attractive uncluttered background.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the CTL with any questions you may have prior to your submission.