Columbia Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative
Columbia University has
launched an initiative to turn more of its traditional lecture courses
hybrid learning experiences that would incorporate the use of
materials, social media, flipped classrooms and real-time feedback from
Advisory Committee on Online Learning has asked faculty members to
proposals to either turn existing courses into hybrid online courses or
new courses. A faculty committee will review the proposals and make
recommendations to Provost John Coatsworth, who will announce November 24
proposals the university will pursue. A second round of proposals will
accepted in the spring.
proposals that are
accepted will receive funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 each and
support and resources from the Columbia
Center for New Media Teaching and
to the formal
request for proposals, "A key goal of this fund is to
measure the effectiveness
of these designs, delivery methods and learning strategies, and to
instructional delivery and learning outcomes."
courses, expected to be
taught during the 2015-16 academic year, will not be Columbia's first
with hybrid learning.
years ago, Associate
Professor Brent Stockwell turned his 180-student biochemistry class into
flipped classroom with video presentations and lectures by him that
could watch the night before with class time devoted to work on case
"Sitting in one of these 180-student
classrooms is a very passive situation," said Maurice Matiz, executive
of the Center
for New Media
Teaching and Learning. "We've found that students aren't really
learning very much."
in her 250-student
Body, Health and Disease class, Professor Rachel Gordon used short video
lectures students could view before class, reserving class time for
of case studies with an audience response system.
"On many levels it was more satisfying than
lecturing, where you don't really know if the students are 'getting
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.