Faculty Grants Awarded for Online and Hybrid Learning

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I am pleased to announce the awardees for two grant programs to support faculty who are developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies inside the classroom and beyond its walls.  The awards for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery and for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will help us assess the effectiveness of new approaches and tools for teaching, and transmit insights about strategies that improve learning outcomes for Columbia students from all disciplines. 

After careful review by a committee of senior faculty, eighteen Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery proposals and seven MOOC proposals will receive support. The awardees and their courses are listed below.  

This year’s projects were chosen based on their potential to enhance teaching and learning at Columbia, and showcase the University's outstanding faculty and curriculum to a global audience.  

With such a high level of interest in this program from our faculty and departments, we plan to offer an additional request for proposals during the coming academic year.  Information on Columbia’s online efforts and resources, along with courses receiving previous support, can be found at the Columbia Online portal.   

Please join Soulaymane Kachani, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and me in congratulating the faculty awardees.


John H. Coatsworth


List of Awardees

Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery

Peter Allen
Professor of Computer Science
Hands-On Learning: A 'Flipped' Laboratory for An Introductory Robotics Course

Jonathan Barasch
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Simulation for Active Learning in Preclinical Medical Education

Mary Marshall Clark
Senior Research Scientist, INCITE
Transforming Oral History Through Teaching Visual Literacy

Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter
Lecturer in Social Work
Proposed Hybrid Experiential Model of Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families 

Yaniv Erlich
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Teaching Computational Genomics Using Hands-On Mobile DNA Sequencers

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

Deepthiman Gowda
Associate Professor of Medicine
Making Physical Exam Education Stick with Applied Clinical Thinking Modules (ACTs): Clinical Skills Training Using Case-Based eLearning

Kevin Griffin
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Teaching Forest Ecology On An Urban Campus: Merging Classroom and Field Pedagogies

Thomas Groll
Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
Adaptive e-Learning in Economics

Henry Hess
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Redesigning BMEN E4580: Fundamentals of Nanobioscience and Nanobiotechnology

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou
Assistant 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

Pamela Lindemann
Lecturer in Psychology
Applying Concepts and Improving Critical Thinking: A Hybrid Redesign for Experimental Psychology: Human Behavior 

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

Kyle Mandli
Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Incorporating Active Learning and Group Coding Projects for Computational Courses in Applied Mathematics 

Caroline Marvin
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Enhancing Core Knowledge and Promoting Scientific Thinking Skills: A Hybrid Redesign of Mind, Body, and Behavior

Pamela Smith
Seth Low Professor of History
Graduate Digital Humanities Course: "What is a Book in the 21st Century?"

Lance Weiler
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film
Digital Storytelling: Building Storyworlds

Susan Witte
Associate Professor of Social Work 
Social Support in Health and Mental Health: Strengthening Social Networks for Relationship-Building and Healing


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Corporate Finance
Daniel Wolfenzon, Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics
Columbia Business School

Crisis Resource Management
Vivek Kumar Moitra, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Jessica Leia Spellman, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
David Oren Kessler, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center

From Soldier to Student: Skills for a Successful Transition to College
Robert J. Jenkins, Senior Assistant Dean of Students
School of General Studies

Global Muckraking: Media and Social Change
Anya Schiffrin, Lecturer in Discipline
School of International and Public Affairs

The Great Novels
Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English, Dean for Humanities
Nicholas Dames, Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities
Arts and Sciences

History of Music Production Techniques
Terence Pender, Assistant Director, Computer Music Center
Arts and Sciences

Pediatric HIV E-Learning for Nurses and Midwives in Sub-Saharan Africa
Susan Michaels-Strasser, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Janel Smith, Nursing Training and Education Officer
ICAP, Mailman School of Public Health