Remote Learning Grants Overview

With a challenging academic year ahead, a consortium of Centers and Institutes will offer funding for proposals that cultivate student engagement and enhance the online learning experience for Columbia students and instructors. As many universities and colleges grapple with the reality of online and hybrid instruction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty members, teaching assistants, instructors, and students prepare to learn and teach in unprecedented ways. Structuring engaging online or hybrid courses is not a simple task.

This page will be updated throughout the 2020-21 academic year with additional grant awardees. To propose a project, please visit the call for applications. Deadline is rolling.

Grants are available from: 

Grant Awardees

  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Rachel Adams (Professor of English and Comparative Literature)
  • Funds will support three guest speakers (each an author of a graphic novel on the course syllabus). 
  • Supported speakers are Susan Squier (The Graphic Medicine Manifesto), M.K Czerweic (Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371) and Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb)
  • Students will study graphic novels focused on experiences of health, disability, and illness. 
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Tresa Kaur (Lecturer in Health Education at Teachers College)
  • Funds will support an optional book club, speaker series, and leadership project for students in two courses (Curriculum Development in Nursing Education and Innovations in Nursing Education) 
  • Students will explore social determinants of health and present their own research and reflections at the end of the semester. 
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Luca Abbattista (Graduate Student; Italian)
  • Funds will be used to create "The Language of Pandemic Project." Students will interview a museum curator, a member of Protezione Civile (the Italian emergency management department) and an entrepreneur who converted his business to manufacture face masks.
  • The curriculum will incorporate medical language lessons and students will be able to discuss the effects of COVID-19 in Italian.
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Anayvelyse Allen-Mossman (Graduate Student; Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
  • Funds will support project materials as students create zines exploring historical and contemporary debates on monuments. 
  • Three guest speakers will also guide students in artistic, archival, and community-organizing skills, which students will then share with their home communities.