School of the Arts Remote Courses

**Update: Columbia University has made the decision to hold all classes online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.**


In light of the University's decision to make the switch to online courses, the School of the Arts has set up this resource page for faculty and staff. Students who are experiencing issues with any of the technology needed to access their courses remotely should visit CUIT's Remote Courses page, contact the CUIT Help Desk at [email protected], call 212-854-1919, or visit the CUIT Walk-in Center at 202 Philosophy Hall (Morningside) from 10 am-6 pm.


All members of the Columbia University School of the Arts community should continue to check the Columbia Preparedness website to stay updated.


The School of the Arts staff has scheduled all online course meetings throughout the end of the semester. In order to access these pre-loaded course meetings, faculty members will need to ensure you have access to both Zoom Pro and Courseworks/Canvas. Use the jump links below, or scroll down to view each section.








Upcoming Training Sessions

CUIT is holding three Zoom Training Sessions per day through Friday 3/13:


Center for Teaching and Learning Consultation Hours

Instructors who need assistance setting up a course in CourseWorks (Canvas), designing hybrid elements of a course, creating an online course, or adding a new form of technology to the classroom can get immediate support from a Learning Designer during walk-in hours at Butler Library Room 212. Walk in or call 212-854-9058 during the hours below.

  • Monday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Thursday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Center for Teaching and Learning
(212) 854-9058
[email protected]

Manage Your UNI

You'll need to activate your UNI in order to access Zoom Pro video conferencing and Courseworks/Canvas, the two tools necessary to host remote courses at Columbia.

  1. Visit this page:
  2. Click on the first icon, the lightning bolt, that says "Activate My UNI or Lionmail Account."

Access Zoom

Again, please note that you will not be using the Zoom Pro portal to access your remote class meetings, but you must have Zoom activated in order to be set up as the host in your online classes in Courseworks. To ensure you have Zoom Pro set up, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your UNI.
  3. Look at your profile page to ensure the "User Type" is set to "Licensed" and not "Basic. (All faculty should now be on the Licensed plan.)



First-Time Zoom Users

If you haven't used Zoom before, please join the session a few minutes early so you can complete the first-time setup activities.You can avoid these activities by pre-installing and testing Zoom using the Zoom test page. If you've already installed Zoom but are unsure if it is working, this site can verify your voice, video, and sound are all functioning properly. 

Still having Zoom issues?

Faculty and staff who are having issues with Zoom should email [email protected] and cc Christina Rumpf at [email protected].


CUIT continues to conduct instructor led remote zoom training 3 times a day. No RSVP is required.

10—11 AM:
12—1 PM:
3—4 PM:

Tips and Resources

On Campus Help

For faculty and staff who are on campus and having technical issues, please visit the Help Desk on the 5th Floor of Dodge Hall.


What if I want to show video in my classes? What if my students need to share video?


Using the Chat feature to take attendance

Once you are in your Zoom Class Session, you can instruct your students to open up the "Chat" feature and say hello. Since you, the instructor, are set up as the host, this chat will be saved in case you need to refer to it later.


Microphone and Speakers

Setting up the microphone and speakers on your computer will be different for everyone. That's why it's a good idea to test Zoom using the Zoom test page mentioned in the above "Access Zoom" section.


All Zoom Class Sessions also have a dial-in number for phone-only in case students are not able to join the video chat.


More Quick Links

Center for Teaching and Learning⇒

The University's COVID-19 website⇒

FAQs from Columbia Preparedness⇒

Maiman School of Public Health: Tips for Faculty Leading Remote Classes⇒

Mailman School of Public Health: Tips for Students Attending Remote Classes⇒

Center for Teaching and Learning: Tips and Strategies for Synchronous Online Teaching⇒

Recent article on the online teaching with tips in the Chronicle⇒

Center for Teaching and Learning: Online discussion, tips and strategies⇒ 



Additional Resources for Students


  • If students are having technical difficulties with Zoom, email [email protected], call the CUIT Service Desk at 212-854-1919 or visit the CUIT Walk-in Center at 202 Philosophy Hall (Morningside) from 10 am–6 pm.



  • Any questions relating to COVID-19 can be directed to Columbia Health's new COVID-19 hotline at 212-854-9355 or you can email [email protected]



  • Sign up for Columbia University's Text Message Notifications at SSOL

University Policies

It is imperative that faculty follow the guidelines set out by the university now and until the university returns to in-person classes:


  • Classes cannot be held in person, either on-site or off-site. Students have been instructed that this should not be asked of them. Faculty may not make this call individually.


  • Exams cannot be held in person. Students have been instructed that this should not be asked of them. Faculty may not make this call individually. We recommend emailed exams with an explicit honor code attached and time limits for the exam (even for longer take-home style exams). There is a quiz feature in Zoom that can be used to manage timed assignments, or you can work through email.


  • Arrangements for virtual assignments and exams must allow for the kinds of preparation and advance notice that would be normal practice in your class. If you need to adapt assignments and assessments and move their dates because of the switch to the online format, please do so with the needs of students foremost in your mind.


  •  Students may be asked to go to the library or other such places (museums, archives) as long as they are going individually and not in groups.


  • Independent studies should be held online. The University Policy dictates that if it’s a class, it’s online.