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

  • Grant Awardees: Joel van de Sande (Graduate Student in Anthropology) and Gustav Kalm (Graduate Student in Anthropology)
  • Course Instructor: Terence N. D'Altroy (Loubat Professor of American Archaeology)
  • Building upon the interest of the students currently enrolled in the course, funds will be used to support guest speakers who are experts in Egyptian heritage.
  • Both speakers will discuss ideas of preservation and restitution of ancient artifacts. 
  • Shyanne Figueroa Bennett, Teaching Fellow in Writing
  • Poets from marginalized backgrounds are often dismissed. Funds will support guest speaker Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, a poet and activist. 
  • Students will reach Johnson's work prior to the conversation and Johnson will also lead students through a writing activity.
  • Grant Awardee: Miguel Ángel Garrido (Graduate Student in Statistics) 
  • Course Instructor: David Rios (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Statistics)
  • Funds will be used to create interactive statistics calculators that will allow students to explore different statistical concepts regardless of previous coding background. 
  • Students will use calculators to investigate the social determinants of health using medical, economic, and demographic data and applying modern data science tools.
  • For more information, please visit the interactive calculator website
  • 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 in 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 in 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. 
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Courtney Bender (Associate Professor of Religion)
  • Funds will support a guest speaker from the New York Historical Society and a guided Zoom tour of the Guggenhiem Musuem. 
  • For their final product on sacred religious objects, students have the option to visit a museum. Local students have free access to most New York museums via Columbia. Funds will be used to pay entry fees for students based elsewhere. 
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: Rachel Adams (Professor of English and Comparative Literature)
  • Funds will support studio activities hosted by cartoonist Whit Taylor and professor Sara Hendren. 
  • Students will explore how the narrative and visual representation address illness and health disparities. 
  • Course Instructor/Grant Awardee: John Stratton Hawley (Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College)
  • Funds will be used to support three guest speakers from the United States, Isreal, and India. 
  • Students will create a final project exploring how, if at all, religion brings resources to meet climate change challenges. 
  • Grant Awardees: Monica Thieu (Course TA and Graduate Student in Psychology) and Caroline Marvin (Course Instructor and Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology)
  • In this flipped course, student will watch lecture videos before class, which will be used for discussion and team project work. 
  • Funds will be used to create mini-lecture videos featuring interviews with scholars, lawyers, and recent program alumni to help students consider how psychological research can be used to fight realoworld challenges.