Center for Teaching and Learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Amherst


Looking for input on your course design during the summer months? We're here for you. To set up an appointment to talk to someone about your class, fill out our request form and a CTL consultant will be in touch about setting up an appointment.

Featured Programs & Resources

A group of three people discussing at a table.

Strategies for navigating and managing yourself during hot moments during class discussions, and helping students process conflict.

Elkie Burnside

A recent project created by Elkie Burnside, Assistant Director of the Writing Program, and her colleagues, shows that OERs have the potential to engage students and faculty in a meaningful collaborative process of text creation. 

Black woman sitting at a desk taking a written exam.

Crafting higher-order questions, giving practice opportunities, and clarifying your testing conditions are approaches to designing a good exam.

Upcoming Events


Faculty Successes

Spring 2021

For the past few years, Elizabeth Porto, Senior Lecturer II, has been showing students' brief introductory videos during class over the first few weeks of the semester.  In addition to building comunity over time in an incusive and memorable way, her students learn how to introduce themselves professionally and personally, an important goal she held for her students.  Read more about her approach, goals, and next steps.

Read more Read more about Welcome Videos to Build Community

Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter

Launch your summer with Teach Week! Looking for practical, evidence-based ideas to enhance your fall classes? During the week of May 23rd, CTL and the Instructional Design, Engagement and Support group (IDEAS) are offering a series of workshops and other events to help you generate and implement new course design ideas in a reflective and thoughtful way.