Center for Teaching and Learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Amherst


To kick off the new academic year, beginning September 13th, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is collaborating with campus partners on a series of educational and celebratory events, talks, panels, workshops, and performances dedicated to Belonging@UMass. This initiative will continue through the entire year, with a goal of affirming UMass's values of equity, inclusion, and belonging, and creating a strong unified sense of community. CTL is pleased to be participating in this kick off and will offer a session on Do I belong? What instructors can do to foster students' sense of belonging? on September 13th at 10:00 am. Registration is now open for these events.

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.

Faculty Successes

Spring 2021

Did you know that many students – not just deaf or hard-of-hearing students – benefit from captioning of presentations? Live captioning might be easier and more reliable than you think, according to Michele Cooke, Professor in Geosciences, who has conducted a study with undergraduate student Celia Child (Bryn Mawr College) on auto captioning built into widely available software. Read more and watch their video, in which they demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies that use artificial intelligence based auto-captioning tools to greatly improve live presentation accessibility.

Read more Read more about Caption This! Best Practices for Live Captioning Presentations