Center for Teaching and Learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Amherst


Request a Course or Syllabus Consultation

Have a teaching question? We'd love to help you out. To arrange a teaching consultation on a variety of topics, fill out our consultation request form and someone will be in touch with you.

FlexLearning Fellows (FLF) Program to launch fall 2021

The FLF program will support departments, faculty, and staff interested in developing and implementing flexible learning opportunities. Learn more about the FlexLearning program.

Featured Programs & Resources

How Do I Write a Good and Inclusive Syllabus?

Six principles of an inclusive syllabus design: learning-focused, essential questions, UDL Connections, Inclusive Motivating Language, supportive course policies, and accessible design

Multiple hands come together in a circle

Strategies you can use in your first week(s) to establish a focused, collaborative learning community.

CTL staff talking to a faculty member

The MAP is a confidential and voluntary service that allows to instructors to get student mid-semester feedback on a course.

Faculty Successes

Spring 2021

When COVID-19 forced UMass to go online and we were closed up in our houses, we decided to find a silver lining and to start working on the project in earnest, funding or no funding. When it was suddenly not possible to connect with friends, students, and colleagues in a physical space, the need for community and inclusivity seemed more pressing than ever before. As a result, not only did we create our OER textbook that is designed to be a point of connection for others, but this collaboration for us personally also provided much needed connection, purpose, and levity in a time of almost complete isolation.

Read more Read more about Reducing Student Textbook Costs and Making a Curriculum More Inclusive at the Same Time

Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter

What do your students say we should keep in the fall? As you wrap up your course, we invite you to ask your students what remote innovations they would keep in face-to-face versions of your courses.