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Student Centered Teaching & Learning Overview

The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development has a wealth of information on student centered teaching & learning techniques, such as team-based learning (TBL). For questions related to integrating these learning strategies (e.g., course design, group work) or integrating academic technology (iPeer, Moodle) into your course, please contact: Please check this site often as events and resources are updated regularly.

Student Centered Teaching & Learning: Three Pathways

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is offering three pathways to help you design new active learning methods of instruction while ensuring that you can take full advantage of the instructional technologies on campus.  For UMass faculty, this will enable you to utilize a variety of learning environments across the campus including the Integrated Learning Center's Team-Based Learning classrooms.

Upon conclusion of any of the three pathways, you will be qualified to teach student centered approaches in teaching contexts including UMass TBL classrooms.  Due to limited TBL classroom inventory, the CTFD cannot guarantee course placement in a TBL classroom.

Institute: Enhancing Learning in Active and Collaborative Classrooms
This institute is sponsored jointly by UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) and Five College Consortium.
This is a multi-day institute:

  • Monday, 5/18: 12PM-5PM
  • Tuesday, 5/19: 9AM-5PM
  • Wednesday, 5/20: 9AM-5PM

Optional fourth morning about team-based pedagogy and instructional technology:

  • Thursday, 5/21: 9AM-12PM

Location:   ILC, Room N111

Register here for the express institute.

Hybrid/Flipped Model

The hybrid model includes two face-to-face workshops, one in early summer, and the other just prior to the new academic year.  In the intervening time, you will take part in a series of online modules designed to help you employ student centered teaching & learning techniques.

  • Workshop 1: 5/12, 5/13, 6/2 or 6/3 (you select one date)
  • Online Modules: July/August
  • Workshop 2: 9/2 (required attendance)

Register here for hybrid/flipped.

2015/16 Academic Year Fellowship

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is offering twenty Fellowships for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) to University of Massachusetts-Amherst instructors for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship draws upon other previous teaching-centered fellowships (e.g., FIT, TBL Fellows, TEACHnology Fellows), and will focus on active, collaborative, and innovative pedagogies.  Fellows will engage in a variety of initiatives to assist with course design, technology familiarity, and assignment development.  Upon completion, fellows will receive a certificate of Team-Based Learning qualification which will permit teaching in team-based learning classrooms (depending on classroom space availability as determined by the Registrar’s Office).  
The SCTL fellowships will provide the following incentives:

  • A $1,500 grant to support professional development efforts related to active and student-centered learning
  • Access to one-on-one and group consultation and resources with CTFD and campus partners.
  • A fellowship mentor who has previously taught in TBL classrooms.
  • A Midterm Assessment from CTFD

To be considered, applicants must be full-time instructors (lecturers or tenure-stream) and demonstrate knowledge of, interest in, and commitment to active, student-centered teaching. Additional selection criteria includes:

  • Statement of interest in improving student learning through student-centered, evidence-based teaching practices
  • Number of students who would be affected by any changes (i.e., course size)
  • Course design and description (i.e., focus on active and/or team-based learning)
  • Other appropriate criteria, based on the documents submitted (e.g., experiences with large classes, student group work, teaching technologies, previously develop team-based activities, etc.

If selected as a SCTL fellow, participants are expected to:

  • Attend a twice-monthly 90 minute SCTL fellowship meeting. Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of the meetings in order to receive a full stipend. Half of the stipend will be deposited into the faculty member’s professional development fund in September, the other half of the funds will be deposited once the 80% attendance mark is met
  • Participate in a CTFD professional development event in the future (e.g., workshop panel, or future fellowship mentor)
  • Share a lesson, unit, or course resource in the CTFD’s repository

Apply here for the fellowship.

Meeting Dates:
Fellows will meet every-other Wednesday at one of these two times:

  • *8:30AM - 10AM in a TBL Classroom [9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2]
  • *11:15AM - 12:45PM in Holdsworth 211 [9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2]

Application Dates
The application window is open from May 4, 2015 to June 1, 2015.
A faculty selection committee of former fellows and CTFD staff will review applications. Successful applicants will be notified of fellow status no later than July 6, 2015.


Immediate Classroom Support

For immediate classroom support (e.g., hardware/software malfunction), please contact:

  • 0608 Goodell: 413-545-5768
  • 25 DuBois: 413-577-12729
Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT)

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has awarded 13 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT) to UMass-Amherst instructors for 2014-2015. The FIT draws upon other previous teaching-centered fellowships (e.g., TBL Fellows, TEACHnology Fellows), and will focus on active, collaborative, and innovative pedagogies that will empower faculty to take full advantage of new classroom spaces in the Integrative Learning Center (ILC). Fellows will receive support mentorship from the CTFD and instructors who have previously taught in Team-Based Learning (TBL) classrooms in Goodell and the Library.

Please click on the academic years below for a list of Fellows:

Mary Ellen Burke Nursing
Matt Davidson Psychological &d Brain Sciences
Lena Fletcher Environmental Conservation
Christin Glodek Sociology
Christiane Meyer Healey Biology
Jason Hooper Music & Dance
John Kingston Linguistics
Laetitia La Follette Art History
Graciela Monteagudo Social Thought & Political Economy
Bjorn Harald Nordtveit Educational Policy, Research, & Administration
Ellen Pader Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Reiko Sono Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
James Staros Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Team-Based Learning Fellowships

On behalf of the Provost’s Office, the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) has piloted a unique Team-Based Learning (TBL) program (2011-2013) to explore teaching and learning strategies related to team-based learning in technologically-rich classroom environments. As part of the program, faculty fellows redesigned a course, and received consultations on pedagogy and technology; one-on-one and group support during course planning, implementation and assessment; hands-on technological training; and monthly seminar meetings throughout the academic year.

Fellows utilized the two new TBL classrooms, which serve as a model for the five TBL classrooms planned for UMass Amherst’s New Academic Classroom Building (NACB). The classrooms feature round tables of nine, designed to support three groups of three students each and a variety of active learning techniques and presentation and collaboration technologies.

The program is coordinated by the CTFD, in collaboration with Academic Computing-OIT and Academic Instructional Media Services-OIT (AIMS). The application period is currently on hiatus. Interested instructors should check for updates or review the "Team-Based Learning Professional Development & Support" (above) opportunities for more information. Please refer all questions to .

Please click on the academic years below for a list of Fellows:

2012 - 2013
Brian Bunk History
Adena Calden Mathematics & Statistics
Andrew Donson Language, Literature & Cultures
David Gross Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Sanjiv Gupta Sociology
Jenna Marquard Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Anita Milman Environmental Conservation
Craig Nicolson Environmental Conservation
Jon Olsen History
Mi-Hyun Park Civil and Environmental Engineering
Randall Phillis Biology
Stephen Schneider Astronomy
Ludmila Tyler Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Lisa Wolf Nursing

2011 - 2012
John Burand Microbiology
Brenda Bushouse Political Sciences
Glenn Caffery Resource Economics
Leda Cooks Communications
Darnton Nicholas Physics
Graham Gal School of Management
Dan Gordon History
Curt Griffin Environmental Conservation
Susan Han Microbiology
Heath Hatch Physics/Astronomy
Ken Kitchell Classics
Michael Knodler Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lynn Koerbel Public Health
Krishna Kumar Physics
Narayanan Menon Physics
Rory Miskimen Physics
Dean Robinson Political Sciences
TreaAndrea Russworm English
Risa Silverman Public Health
Richard E.A. Van Emmerik Kinesiology
Amanda Walker Johnson Anthropology
Richard Yuretich Geosciences


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