Request for Proposals
In October 2014, the Office of the Provost launched a Request for Proposals for Hybrid Course Redesign and Delivery. In response to our first two requests for proposals, we received over ninety proposals from faculty across all the schools at Columbia University. Senior faculty review committees selected projects to receive grants. Each project was chosen based on its potential to enhance teaching and learning at Columbia. The selected projects cover a broad range of disciplines and topics, from history to economics to biomedical engineering. These projects are already exposing undergraduate and graduate students alike to partial or full flipping of the classroom, team-based and experiential learning, and just-in-time teaching.
Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery
The sixth Request for Proposals for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery. Instructors of courses selected will have access to the resources and support of the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment, and project management. Courses selected are also funded from $5,000 up to $20,000 for a one-semester period. A key goal of this fund is to measure the effectiveness of these designs, delivery methods and learning strategies, and to improve instructional delivery and learning outcomes of Columbia University students from all disciplines.
Massive Open Online Courses
The fourth Request for Proposals for Massive Open Online Courses. Accepted courses will receive extensive consultation services and support for instructional design and media production from the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Funds will be available from the Office of the Provost for each MOOC of up to $25,000. Courses offered through MOOC platforms have the potential to reach large and global audiences, to stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, to make more visible the teaching and research activities of the University, and to promote public engagement.
Large-Scale Teaching & Learning Grants
The second Request for Proposals for Large-Scale Teaching and Learning Grants is designed to support efforts around teaching initiatives and exploration at the school, department, or program level. The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will be providing in-kind support as well as some financial support of up to $20,000 per academic year.
Start-Small! Mini Grants
The second Request for Proposals for Start Small Mini-Grants provides support to faculty who are interested in experimenting with one new pedagogical strategy or tool. Awardees will receive in-kind support from the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and will also be funded with a financial grant of up to $2,000 for a one-semester period. The mini-grants are designed to promote innovative thinking about and approaches to teaching, learning, and student engagement.