Provost’s Request For Proposals


The Office of the Provost invites faculty to apply for funding to support redesign of courses to improve teaching and learning using innovative, technology- or media-enhanced pedagogy and learning strategies.

Whether through online environments, digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning, pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change within the Columbia curriculum. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning.

Instructors of courses selected will have access to the resources and support of the new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in course design, content development, training in new pedagogies, media production, assessment and evaluation, and project management.  Courses selected will receive in-kind support from the CTL and will also be funded from $5,000 up to $20,000 for a one-semester period.

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Spring 2016

The Office of the Provost is now accepting proposals for the development of new MOOCs on an annual basis.

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. While the experience of developing these courses is rewarding, MOOCs can also be very demanding. They require substantial time to prepare as well as careful planning and coordination of numerous activities: Course design, media production, rights clearances, and publicity. The proposal process ensures that Columbia’s MOOCs reflect the University’s commitment to teaching excellence and that courses receive full support in each of these areas. Proposals from all disciplines and subject areas are welcome and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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