Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning

The Provost convened the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning (PFACOL) in early 2013 to help Columbia navigate the changing landscape of online education and play a key advisory role in shaping the University’s future strategy in online and digital learning.

The Committee issued its first report in September 2014 (click here to download the report). The leading recommendation of the Committee is that Columbia should create a University-wide Center on Teaching and Learning with a mandate “to provide support for schools, departments, faculty, and graduate students in all aspects of teaching, including the use of educational technologies.”  The report affirmed that more effective and coordinated deployment of University resources, in concert with existing school-based teaching centers, would make it possible for such a center to serve as a catalyst for enhancing the classroom experience.

In response to the Committee’s recommendation that the University provide support for faculty in this area, the Office of the Provost has launched a Request for Proposals (click here to access the RFP page). The RFP invites faculty to apply for funding to support redesign and delivery of courses using innovative, technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies. 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.

PFACOL 2016-2017
David Madigan
Arts & Sciences, Co-Chair
Soulaymane Kachani
Office of the Provost, Co-Chair
Melissa Begg
Biostatistics
Omar Besbes
Business
Adam Cannon
Computer Science
Don Davis
Economics
Bill Emicke
International and Public Affairs
David Helfand
Astronomy
George Hripcsak
Biomedical Informatics
Garud Iyengar
Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
Gita Johar
Business
Matthew Jones
History
Shantanu Lal
Dental Medicine
James Lee
Surgery GI/Endoscopy
Janet Metcalfe
Psychology
Sharyn O’Halloran
University Senate
Craig Schwalbe
Social Work
Jason Wingard
Professional Studies
Rafael Yuste
Biology
Ex-officio:
Beryl Abrams
Office of the General Counsel
Gaspare LoDuca
Information Technology
Maneesha Aggarwal
Information Technology
Sandesh Tuladhar
Office of the Provost
Maurice Matiz
Center for Teaching and Learning