Provost Request for Proposals: Hybrid Courses & MOOCs

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.

In December 2017, the Office of the Provost announced:

The list of awardees and courses can be found below.  Additional RFPs will be issued in the next academic year.  We look forward to continuing to support Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting enhancements of teaching and learning at the University, and showcase our outstanding faculty and curriculum to a global audience.

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Spring 2017 Massive Open Online Courses Awardees

Rethinking the Protection of Children in Disaster and War
Mailman School of Public Health

​Neil Boothby
Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health

​Mark Canavera
Associate Director of Strategy & Practice

​Hanna-Tina Fischer
Associate in Population and Family Health

Introduction to Computer Vision
Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science


​Shree Nayar, ST.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science

An Introduction to Causal Inference
Arts and Sciences


​Michael Sobel, Professor of Statistics

Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection
ICAP, Mailman School of Public Health


​Susan Michaels-Strasser, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

The Indian and Tibetan Contributions to the River of World Buddhism
Department of Religion, Arts and Sciences


​Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Spring 2017 Hybrid Learning RFP Awardees and Courses

Sharon R. Akabas, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Redesigning an interdisciplinary foods course from a systems thinking perspective

Course l Food Ecology and Globalization
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Eleanor Sterling, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Redesigning an interdisciplinary foods course from a systems thinking perspective

Course l Food Ecology and Globalization
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

William E. Bailey, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Interactive web-facing simulations in the physical properties of materials (two-semester sequence, MSAE4206 and MSAE4215)

Course l Electronic and magnetic properties of solids; mechanical properties of materials
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Jose Antonio Castellanos-Pazos, Lecturer of Portuguese and Spanish

Maximizing Class Time Learning by Flipping a Classroom: an Elementary Comprehensive Portuguese I/II for Spanish Speakers Course

Course l Elementary Comprehensive Portuguese I/II for Spanish Speakers
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Angelina Craig-Florez, Senior Lecturer in Discipline

Beyond the Textbook: A Hybrid Redesign for Spanish Intermediate II

Course l Spanish Intermediate II
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Undergraduate Students

William B. Eimicke, Professor in the Practice of International and Public Affairs

EMPA Program Technology Supported Curriculum Redesign

Course l Public Management Innovation
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Graduate Students

Lenin Grajo, Assistant Professor at CUMC

Developing Client-Centered and Function-based Outcome Measures through a Hybrid Doctoral Course on Measurement and Instrumentation

Course l Theories of Measurement and Instrument Development
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Kevin Griffin, Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Engaging students and improving learning outcomes in a blended classroom: A redesign of EESC 4550 Plant Physiological Ecology

Course l Plant Physiological Ecology
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Thomas Groll, Lecturer in Discipline

Adaptive e-Learning in Economics

Course l U4201
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Thai Jones, Herbert H. Lehman Curator for American History

Hybrid Learning and Redesign Course Proposal for the Sixties in the Archives

Course l The Sixties in the Archive
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

Virtual Reality For Dental Anxiety Management: A Paradigm Shift In Healthcare Education

Course l Pediatric Dentistry
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Silvia Martins, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Principles of Epidemiology: an upgraded flipped classroom proposal

Course lPrinciples of Epidemiology
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Graduate Students

Caroline Braun Marvin, Director of Instruction and Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology

Engagement through Exploration and Experimentation: Building “21st-Century Skills” in an Introductory Neuroscience Course

Course l Mind, Brain, & Behavior
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Letty Moss-Salentijn, Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine

Local anesthesia: VR/AR learning tool development

Course l Local anesthesia
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Kathleen Mullen, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Team Based Learning of the Nursing Process

Course lThe Science of Nursing Practice
Semester l Summer 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Jose P Ruiz Campillo, Senior Lecturer

Building gamification and interactivity to drive out of class work in Spanish Language courses

Course l Elementary Spanish II
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Lecturer in Discipline

Adding a Chatbot to answer FAQs in Massive Open Online Courses

Course l Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Soda Mariame Iyane Sy, Lecturer in Discipline

A Technology-based Supplemental Redesign for Elementary Wolof

Course l Elementary Wolof
Semester l Fall 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Bette Weneck, Associate Director and Lecturer, Center on History and Education

Mapping the History of Education in New York City

Course l History of Education in New York City
Semester l Spring 2018
Audience l Graduate Students

Spring 2016 Hybrid Learning RFP Awardees and Courses

Peter Allen, Professor of Computer Science

Hands-On Learning: A ‘Flipped’ Laboratory for An Introductory Robotics Course

Course l Computational Aspects of Robotics
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Jonathan Barasch, Professor of Medicine and Pathology

Simulation for Active Learning in Preclinical Medical Education

Course l Molecular Mechanisms
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Graduate Students

Mary Marshall Clark, Senior Research Scientist, INCITE

Transforming Oral History Through Teaching Visual Literacy

Course l Oral History Method and Theory
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Graduate Students

​Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter, Lecturer in Social Work

Proposed Hybrid Experiential Model of Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families

Course l Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Graduate Students​​

Yaniv Erlich, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Teaching Computational Genomics Using Hands-On Mobile DNA Sequencers

Course l Ubiquitous Genomics
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students​​

​Federica Franze, Lecturer in Italian

Collaborating Overseas. Columbia Students and Italian Pre-Service Teachers: A New Framework for Online Teaching and Learning

Course l Advanced Conversation II
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students​​

Deepthiman Gowda, Associate Professor of Medicine

Making Physical Exam Education Stick with Applied Clinical Thinking Modules (ACTs): Clinical Skills Training Using Case-Based eLearning

Course l Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Graduate Students​​

Kevin Griffin, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Teaching Forest Ecology On An Urban Campus: Merging Classroom and Field Pedagogies

Course l Forest Ecology
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students​​

​​Thomas Groll, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Adaptive e-Learning in Economics

Course l Macroeconomics for International and Public Affairs
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Graduate Students​​

Henry Hess, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Redesigning BMEN E4580: Fundamentals of Nanobioscience and Nanobiotechnology

Course l Fundamentals of Nanobioscience and Nanobiotechnology
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students​​

Ioannis KougioumtzoglouAssistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

A Flipped Classroom Approach to Mechanics and Uncertainty and Risk in Civil Infrastructure Systems by Utilizing a Web-Based Interactive Tool

Course l Mechanics/Uncertainty and Risk in Civil Infrastructure Systems 
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Patricia Lindemann, Lecturer in Psychology

Applying Concepts and Improving Critical Thinking: A Hybrid Redesign for Experimental Psychology: Human Behavior

Course l Experimental Psychology: Human Behavior
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students​​

Reyes Llopis-Garcia, Lecturer in Spanish

A Flipped Approach to the Grammatical Curriculum of the Spanish Language Program: The Case of the Intermediate II Level

Course l Intermediate Spanish
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students​​

Kyle Mandli, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Incorporating Active Learning and Group Coding Projects for Computational Courses in Applied Mathematics 

Course l Introduction to Numerical Methods
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Caroline Marvin, Director of Instruction and Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology

Enhancing Core Knowledge and Promoting Scientific Thinking Skills: A Hybrid Redesign of Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Course l Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Undergraduate Students​​

Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History

Graduate Digital Humanities Course: “What is a Book in the 21st Century?”

Course l What is a Book in the 21st Century? Working with Historical Texts in a Digital Environment
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Graduate Students

​Lance Weiler, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film

Digital Storytelling: Building Storyworlds

Course l New Media Producing
Semester l Fall 2016
Audience l Graduate Students

Susan Witte, Associate Professor of Social Work

Social Support in Health and Mental Health: Strengthening Social Networks for Relationship-Building and Healing

Course l Social Support in Health and Mental Health
Semester l Spring 2017
Audience l Graduate Students​​

Spring 2016 Massive Open Online Courses Awardees

Corporate Finance
Columbia Business School


​Daniel Wolfenzon, Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics

Crisis Resource Management
Columbia University Medical Center

Vivek Moitra
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Jessica Leia Spellman
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

​David Oren Kessler
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

From Soldier to Student: Skills for a Successful Transition to College
School of General Studies 

Robert J. Jenkins, Senior Assistant Dean of Students

Global Muckraking: Media and Social Change
School of International and Public Affairs

Anya Schiffrin, Lecturer in Discipline

The Great Novels 
Arts and Sciences

Sharon Marcus
Orlando Harriman Professor of English, Dean for Humanities

Nicholas Dames
Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities

History of Music Production Techniques 
Arts and Sciences 


Terence Pender, Assistant Director, Computer Music Center

Pediatric HIV E-Learning for Nurses and Midwives in sub-Saharan Africa 
​ICAP, Mailman School of Public Health


​Susan Michaels-Strasser, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Spring 2015 Hybrid Learning RFP Awardees and Courses

Laurel Abbruzzese, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Promoting Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Geriatric Care through a Technology-Enhanced Hybrid Course Re-Design

Course l Clinical Geriatrics
Semester l Summer 2016
Audience l Graduate Students

Alhelí Alvarado-Díaz, Lecturer in History

Shooting the Core: Reinterpreting Core Texts through Film, Documentary and Reportage

Course l Contemporary Civilization
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Jonathan Barasch, Professor of Medicine & Pathology

Introducing Simulation for Active Learning in Preclinical Medical Education

Course l Molecular Mechanisms
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Susan Boynton, Professor of Music

Using Music Visualization to Enrich Student Learning in Music Humanities

Course l Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities)
Semester l Spring 2016
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Matthew Connelly, Professor of History

Flipping International and Global History

Course l International and Global History Since World War II
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Amy Fairchild, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

The Core Week in Review: Hybrid Learning for Creating Enduring Understanding

Course l Master of Public Health Core Curriculum
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Sarah Hansen, Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry

The Hybrid Chemistry Lab: Increasing the Depth of Interaction and Collaboration through Online Modules and Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

Course l General Chemistry Laboratory
Semester l Summer 2016
Audience l Undergraduate Students

Martin Haugh, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

From a MOOC to Flipping the Classroom

Course l Foundations of Financial Engineering
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Annette Insdorf, Professor of Film

Transforming Pedagogy through the Hybrid Redesign of “Analysis of Film Language”

Course l Analysis of Film Language
Semester l Spring 2016
Audience l Graduate Students

Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

Comprehensive Online Archived Care Heuristic (COACH) for Dental Education

Course l Clinical Practice Pediatric Dentistry
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Silvia Martins, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Principles of Epidemiology: a Flipped Classroom Proposal

Course l Principles of Epidemiology
Semester l Summer 2016
Audience l Graduate Students 

Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English  & Comparative Literature

Harlem Renaissance in Literature, Music & Art

Course l The Harlem Renaissance
Semester l Spring 2016
Audience l  Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Miriam Rabkin, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Hybrid Approaches to Global Health Research Training

Course l Introduction to Global Health Research
Semester l Summer 2016
Audience l Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Bernard Salanie, Professor of Economics

Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery for Mathematical Methods for Economists

Course l Mathematical Methods for Economists
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Paola Valenti, Lecturer in the Discipline in International and Public Affairs

Flipping Economics

Course l Microeconomics for International and Public Affairs
Semester l Fall 2015 
Audience l Graduate Students

Amy Werman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work

An Experiential Approach to Program Evaluation

Course l Program Evaluation
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Bryan Winn, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Evaluation of an Engaging, Interactive, Online Learning Tool for Ophthalmology

Course l Ophthalmology Clerkship
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Fall 2014 Hybrid Learning RFP Awardees and Courses

Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History

Borderlands: A Geo-spatial Seminar in Digital History 

Course l Borderlands Graduate Seminar
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Susan Boynton, Professor of Music

Increasing the use of Digital Humanities Tools for Active Learning

Course l Seminar in Historical Musicology: The Middle Ages
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Adam Cannon, Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning

Hybrid learning in a new interdisciplinary computing course

Course l Computing in Context
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Juniors and Seniors

Angelina Craig-Florez, Lecturer in Spanish

Student-generated iBooks and incorporation of mobile technologies in the face-to-face classroom

Course l Spain in its Art
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Juniors and Seniors

Donald Davis, Ragnar Nurkse Professor of Economics

The Economics of New York City, 2.0

Course l The Economics of New York City
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l Juniors and Seniors

Rachel Gordon, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology 

Team-based learning and a flipped classroom approach for fourth-year medical students

Course l Back to Infectious Diseases 
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l CUMC Graduate Students

Maya Hastie, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology 

Social media and dissemination of medical knowledge 

Course l Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l CUMC Graduate Students

 John Hunt, Professor of Biological Sciences

Hybrid learning for physical chemistry

Course l Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications of Biophysical Methods
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l First-years and Sophomores

Darcy Kelley, Harold Weintraub Professor of Biological Sciences

Redesign of Frontiers of Science: Technology-enabled adaptive learning for instruction in scientific habits of mind

Course l Frontiers of Science
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l First-years and Sophomores

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Hybrid learning in mechanics using a web-based interactive tool

Course l Random Processes in Mechanics
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Philip LaRocco, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs 

Hybrid learning for Energy Business and Economic Development

Course l Energy Business and Economic Development
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Shaoyan Qi, Lecturer in Chinese 

Closing the Loop: Linking students’ perception of Mandarin tones to their production of tones

Course l Introductory Chinese A
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l First-years and Sophomores

Letty Moss-Salentijn, Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine (in Anatomy and Cell Biology)

Hybrid learning for didactic courses in the third year of the DDS curriculum

Course l Third-year courses of College of Dental Medicine
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l CUMC Graduate Students

Katherine Reuther, Associate in Biomedical Engineering

Technology-enhanced teaching of graduate-level biomedical design

Course l Graduate Special Topics: Biomedical Design 
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l Graduate Students

Martha Sliwinski, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy  

A multimedia application for developing clinical reasoning skills of physical therapy students: A blended classroom approach

Course l Concepts in Therapeutic Exercise 
Semester l Spring 2015
Audience l CUMC Graduate Students

Brent Stockwell, Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry

Evaluating the effectiveness of team-based science learning using a randomized controlled trial

Course l Biochemistry: Structure and Metabolism
Semester l Fall 2015
Audience l First-years and Sophomores