CTL Newsletter Archive

Find past editions and useful links from our bi-weekly CTL email newsletter.

2020-2021 Newsletters

May 6, 2021 

  • Faculty Success:How do you design a class that gives students a variety of ways to participate and succeed?
  • What do your students say we should keep in the fall?
  • Presenting on teaching.
  • Demystifying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

April 22, 2021

  • What do your students say worked for them in their fully remote courses?
  • What are some ways to conclude your semester and leave students with a lasting and positive impression?
  • Now is the time for Forward FOCUS.

April 8, 2021

  • Many Instructors Have Found It Challenging to Engage (Understandably) Distracted Students During Remote Learning.
  • Faculty Success: How Does One Create Videos the Students Want to Watch?
  • Perhaps You've Asked Yourself: Should I Ask My Students to Turn Their Cameras Off?
  • Mini-grants for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) studies.

March 25, 2021

  • Helping students reduce textbook costs.
  • Faculty Success: How can instructors reduce student textbook costs AND make a curriculum more inclusive at the same time?
  • Forward FOCUS.
  • Flex Grant funds are running out!
  • Faculty Success: How can we make the most of synchronous and asynchronous class activities to enhance student learning?
  • How do you keep students showing up and engaging?
  • Don't forget the Flex Grants!

February 25, 2021

  • Many Instructors Have Found It Challenging to Engage (Understandably) Distracted Students During Remote Learning.
  • Faculty Success: How Does One Create Videos the Students Want to Watch?
  • Perhaps You've Asked Yourself: Should I Ask My Students to Turn Their Cameras Off?
  • Mini-grants for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) studies. 

February 11, 2021

  • What Teaching Strategy Are All the “Cool” Instructors Using?
  • Share Teaching Ideas with Your Peers! 
  • Faculty Success: How Do You Keep Students Motivated and Engaged in Large Online Classes?
  • Mini-grants for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) studies. 
  • Check Us Out.

January 28, 2021

  • Want to Start the Semester Strong?
  • Faculty Success: Looking for a Novel Way to Build Community During the First Weeks of
  • Class?
  • Call for Proposals: “Where Do We Go from Here? Teaching and Learning After the Pandemic.”
  • Don’t Forget the Flex Grants!
  • Check Us Out.

Want to Start the Semester Strong?

Want to Start the Semester Strong?

January 14, 2021

  • Welcome to the New Year.
  • Faculty Success: Captioning Presentations
  • Check Us Out.
  • Apply Now for the TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Ambassadors Fellowship!
  • Call for Proposals: “Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Don’t Forget the Flex Grants!

November 19, 2020

  • Take a Breather, and By the Way, You’re Breathtaking.
  • Our Students Need Us.
  • Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Call for Nominations Open.
  • Don’t Forget the Flex Grants!
  • Planning for the Spring?
  • Looking for Classroom Space?

November 5, 2020

  • Want to Connect with Other Instructors about the
  • Election? 
  • And How Can You Support Your Students? 
  • Highlighting Faculty Success.
  • Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Call
  • for Nominations Open.
  • Forward FOCUS. 
  • Wrapping Up Your Semester by Revisiting
  • Your Learning Objectives.

October 22, 2020

  • Highlighting Faculty Success.
  • Forward FOCUS.
  • It’s Not Too Soon to Think About Spring Courses. 
  • Free Teaching Conference for UMass Amherst Faculty!

October 8, 2020

  • Highlighting faculty success. 
  • The benefits of reaching out.
  • Interested in other ways to connect with your students? 
  • Free Teaching Conference for UMass Amherst Faculty! 
  • Looking for practical, concrete strategies for engaging your students?

September 23, 2020

  • Connectedness and, why not, pets.
  • Forward FOCUS.
  • Looking for practical, concrete strategies for teaching online? 

September 11, 2020

  • Welcome to the fall semester, colleagues.
  • Looking for practical, concrete strategies for teaching online? 
  • Need help?