Upcoming Events

Participation in the services and programming offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning is voluntary and confidential. We do not routinely provide recordings for our professional development programming. We do provide participants with all notes and resources presented as part of an individual program or workshop and are happy to forward these resources to anyone not able to attend.

March
09
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 -
1:00PM to 2:00PM

Strategy Swap: How Do You Keep Students Showing up and Engaging?

Strategy Swap: Session 3

We like your ideas! Faculty have requested more opportunities to hear from each other and share online teaching practices, so this spring CTL is piloting a “Strategy Swap” series.  These informal sessions, with smaller groups of faculty, will allow you to meet with CTL staff, share a teaching strategy with your colleagues, build community around teaching, and walk away with new ideas. Each “Strategy Swap” session will focus on a specific, timely question we’ve heard faculty ask at events and in consultations. Join us to find some answers!   For more information about Strategy Swap sessions, please visit our Event Page

March
19
Friday, March 19, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

“Leadership for Contemplative Education,” with Dean Mari Castañeda (Honors College), Asst. Vice Chancellor for Campus Life Elizabeth Cracco, and Associate Provost for Student Success Carolyn Bassett.  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

March
26
Friday, March 26, 2021 -
11:00AM to 12:00PM

Strategy Swap: How Are You Finding Joy in Your Teaching?

Strategy Swap: Session 4

We like your ideas! Faculty have requested more opportunities to hear from each other and share online teaching practices, so this spring CTL is piloting a “Strategy Swap” series.  These informal sessions, with smaller groups of faculty, will allow you to meet with CTL staff, share a teaching strategy with your colleagues, build community around teaching, and walk away with new ideas. Each “Strategy Swap” session will focus on a specific, timely question we’ve heard faculty ask at events and in consultations. Join us to find some answers!   For more information about Strategy Swap sessions, please visit our Event Page

April
16
Friday, April 16, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

“Positionality, Strong Objectivity, and Mindfulness,” with Theodore Eisenman (Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

April
16
Friday, April 16, 2021 -
11:00AM to 12:30PM

How to End Your Semester on a High Note

Let’s focus on student learning!  At the end of a long semester, students tend to have trouble remembering all that they learned in a particular course, especially if they are taking five or six courses in one semester. In this interactive session, we will discuss strategies instructors can employ in their classes to help students fill the gaps and promote students’ self-reflection. We will look at different activities instructors could use to help students connect the key knowledge and/or skills that they have learned in your course throughout the semester. In addition, we will discuss how instructors could create space and time in the last class to celebrate students’ accomplishments and growth ending the semester on a high note. For more information and to register, please visit the Event Page.

May
21
Friday, May 21, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM

Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

“Reflection and Retreat,” with Lena Fletcher (Environmental Conservation) and Brian Baldi (CTL).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

Past Events

March
09
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 -
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Strategy Swap: How Do You Keep Students Showing up and Engaging?

Strategy Swap: Session 3

We like your ideas! Faculty have requested more opportunities to hear from each other and share online teaching practices, so this spring CTL is piloting a “Strategy Swap” series.  These informal sessions, with smaller groups of faculty, will allow you to meet with CTL staff, share a teaching strategy with your colleagues, build community around teaching, and walk away with new ideas. Each “Strategy Swap” session will focus on a specific, timely question we’ve heard faculty ask at events and in consultations. Join us to find some answers!   For more information about Strategy Swap sessions, please visit our Event Page

March
04
Thursday, March 04, 2021 -
1:00PM to 2:15PM
"Teaching Distracted Minds" by James Lang

Dr. James Lang (author of Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It) draws upon scholarship from history, neuroscience, and education in order to argue that distractions are endemic to the human condition, and can’t be walled out of the physical classroom or online course. He suggests we should focus on creating educational experiences that cultivate and sustain attention. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development and the support of the Provost’s Office, we’re helping to bring Lang back to discuss how we can create educational experiences that cultivate and sustain attention. For more information and to register for this event please visit the Event Page.

February
26
Friday, February 26, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

 “Liberatory Mindfulness,” with Jennifer Cannon (College of Education).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

February
26
Friday, February 26, 2021 -
9:00AM to 10:00AM
Strategy Swap: How Do You Make the Most of Your Zoom Sessions?

Strategy Swap: Session 2

We like your ideas! Faculty have requested more opportunities to hear from each other and share online teaching practices, so this spring CTL is piloting a “Strategy Swap” series.  These informal sessions, with smaller groups of faculty, will allow you to meet with CTL staff, share a teaching strategy with your colleagues, build community around teaching, and walk away with new ideas. Each “Strategy Swap” session will focus on a specific, timely question we’ve heard faculty ask at events and in consultations. Join us to find some answers!   For more information about Strategy Swap sessions, please visit our Event Page

February
17
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 -
10:30AM to 11:30AM
Strategy Swap: How Do You Connect in and out of Class Learning?

Strategy Swap: Session 1

We like your ideas! Faculty have requested more opportunities to hear from each other and share online teaching practices, so this spring CTL is piloting a “Strategy Swap” series.  These informal sessions, with smaller groups of faculty, will allow you to meet with CTL staff, share a teaching strategy with your colleagues, build community around teaching, and walk away with new ideas. Each “Strategy Swap” session will focus on a specific, timely question we’ve heard faculty ask at events and in consultations. Join us to find some answers!   For more information about Strategy Swap sessions, please visit our Event Page

February
12
Friday, February 12, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

“Contemplative Pedagogy Skills Share,” with Brian Baldi (CTL) and Terrell James (Anthropology).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

February
10
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 -
11:30AM to 12:45PM
Trauma-Aware Teaching Strategies for Managing Stress in the Classroom

Our students are reporting increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression, which may have a detrimental impact on their capacity to learn. Join this session to learn about how trauma-aware teaching practices can support students during these stressful times. For more information and to register, please visit the Event Page.

 
January
19
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 -
10:30AM to 12:00PM
Teaching Languages Online

Teaching languages online presents particular pedagogical challenges since language learning is an inherently social process. Join this session to learn from three language instructors who successfully adapted their teaching practices to the online environment. For more information, please visit the Event Page.

January
12
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Spring Planning: Lessons Learned

In this session, with CTL and IDEAS staff we'll reflect on the lessons learned from online teaching and share ideas and best practices for course design, flexibility, student engagement, course alignment, communication, accessibility, and more. For more information, please visit the Event Page.

January
11
Monday, January 11, 2021 -
1:00PM to 2:15PM
Using FOCUS Responses to Prepare for Spring 2021

How can you prioritize student feedback from Fall 2020 to inform your course design and implementation in Spring 2021? This session is designed for faculty who implemented the Forward FOCUS course evaluation in one or more of their Fall 2020 courses. For more information, please visit the Event Page.

December
04
Friday, December 04, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"Here We Are" (Facilitators: Brian Baldi, CTL; Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation)  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

November
10
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 -
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Asking the Right Questions with Forward FOCUS

How can you use Forward FOCUS, the CTL’s confidential and customizable course feedback tool, to inform improved course design—whether your course is taught face-to-face or online in the future?  For more information, please visit the Event Page.

November
06
Friday, November 06, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"Racial Justice and Contemplative Practice" (Facilitators: Jennifer Cannon, College of Education; KC Nat Turner, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies)  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page.  For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

November
05
Thursday, November 05, 2020 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Not a Day as Usual. Open Drop-in Forums for Mutual Post-Election Support.

Regardless of political affiliation, the day after the Presidential election is an emotional one - especially during these highly divisive and tense times.  Neither our students nor faculty can truly leave their emotions at the "classroom door." We need to find time and hold space to connect with each other in mutual support.  For more information, please visit the Event Page.

November
05
Thursday, November 05, 2020 -
11:30AM to 12:45PM
Strategies for Responding to Microaggressions

We live in divisive times, which may increase the likelihood that people will be targeted or witness microaggressions. Our classrooms, labs, and other spaces shared by students and instructors are no exception to that.  If left unaddressed, microaggressions negatively impact the learning climate and can hurt students’ engagement, their sense of belonging and academic success.  For more information, please visit the Event Page.

November
04
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 -
11:30AM to 1:30PM
Not a Day as Usual. Open Drop-in Forums for Mutual Post-Election Support.

Regardless of political affiliation, the day after the Presidential election is an emotional one - especially during these highly divisive and tense times.  Neither our students nor faculty can truly leave their emotions at the "classroom door." We need to find time and hold space to connect with each other in mutual support.  For more information, please visit the Event Page.

October
23
Friday, October 23, 2020 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations During Divisive Times

Join us for this interactive webinar on facilitating classroom conversations across differences during this time of high tensions, polarization and divisiveness in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential Election and amid a pandemic, economic crisis, deep social unrest in response to systemic racism and xenophobia, and threats to academic freedom. For more information, please visit the Event Page.

October
16
Friday, October 16, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"Equanimity as Grounding" (Facilitators: Katja Hahn D'Errico, CESL; Terrell James, Anthropology; Brian Baldi, CTL)  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page.  For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

September
25
Friday, September 25, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"Remote and Large Class Contemplative Work" (Facilitator: Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation; Sarah Berquist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

 

September
23
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 -
11:30AM to 12:30PM
The Best of Two Worlds: Balancing Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Join the CTL for a faculty discussion on the range of possibilities and contextual merits for synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Come prepared to share something you are trying out, and leave with some new ideas from your colleagues. For more information, please visit the Event Page.

September
15
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the College Classroom

Whether conscious of it or not, instructors and students bring who they are to the learning environment, including their stereotypes and implicit biases. This session will offer an introduction to the concepts of implicit bias and microaggressions. You will learn how to identify some microaggressions and explore a few strategies that can help you to respond more effectively.  For more information, please visit the event page.

September
11
Friday, September 11, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"Setting Intentions" (Facilitators: Brian Baldi, CTL; Lena Fletcher, Environmental Conservation)  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP Page.  For an event Zoom link, contact Brian Baldi.

June
15
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:00AM to Friday, June 26, 2020 - 8:30PM
Free Innovate Virtual Conference by Online Learning Consortium

Free for you! We invite all UMass graduate students, postdocs, and faculty/staff to attend the 5th Annual Online Learning Consortium Innovate Virtual Conference – Education Reimagined.   For more information, please visit the event page.

April
03
Friday, April 03, 2020 - 11:00AM
Supporting Wellbeing in a Time of Online Instruction

Zoom Forum Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:00 am: Supporting wellbeing in a time of online instruction. An opportunity for us to gather as a community of instructors.  For more information, please visit our Supporting Wellbeing page.

March
20
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 4:00PM
Phone and Zoom Teaching Consultations

CTL is offering a variety of dates and times for scheduling Phone and Zoom Teaching Consultations. For more information, please visit our Phone and Zoom Teaching Consultations.

March
12
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:00AM
Teaching Large Classes Remotely

You may attend this session in person at 301 Goodell, or via Zoom.  Please visit this event's page for Zoom access information and session handouts.

It would be helpful to have a copy of your current syllabus to review during the session.

March
06
Friday, March 06, 2020 -
9:30AM to 11:00AM
International Instructors Working Group

Linguistic bias can be bias towards speakers of other languages or dialects, or towards bi/multilingual speakers and results in unfair treatment. Studies show that students often express linguistic bias against instructors who are non-native or dialect English speakers. In this interactive session, participants are invited to share their challenges and discuss ways to overcome disempowering experiences. Collaboratively we will explore strategies to empower ourselves and to improve our communication with others.  Intended Audience: Anyone interested in the topic.  

For more information, please visit our International Instructors Working Group page, or contact Kirsten Helmer.

March
05
Thursday, March 05, 2020 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Diversity Lunch & Learn

Are you teaching a course that engages students with learning about cultural, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religious, political, sexual, gender, age, or neuro differences? Students and instructors encounter many challenges and dilemmas along the way, especially in larger enrollment courses.  For more information, please visit our Diversity Lunch & Learn page.

February
19
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 -
5:00PM to 7:30PM
Film Screening of "The River and The Wall" with Facilitated Discussion

For more information, please visit the event page.

February
14
Friday, February 14, 2020 -
9:30AM to 11:00AM
International Instructors Working Group

For more information, please visit our International Instructors Working Group page, or contact Kirsten Helmer.

February
07
Friday, February 07, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

"From Theory to Practice:  Sharing Our Contemplative Classroom Practices Across Disciplines" (Facilitator: Brian Baldi, CTL).  For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page. 

February
05
Wednesday, February 05, 2020 -
11:45AM to 1:15PM
Diversity Lunch & Learn

In this workshop, we will explore strategies that college instructors can adopt to support English as as additional language (EAL) students in their classrooms.  For more information, please visit our Diversity Lunch & Learn page.

February
04
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contains Explicit Content: Designing Memorable Lectures

Come to this interactive workshop to discuss lecture design structures and strategies that will help students better understand how your course is organized; what is most important; and how to engage with the course ideas and materials. 

December
13
Friday, December 13, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

For more information, please visit our CP page

November
22
Friday, November 22, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

For more information, please visit our CP page.  

November
19
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Promoting Deep Learning Through Group Work

Come to this interactive workshop to learn about ways to form groups, how to help students develop skills necessary for effective group work, how to deal with challenging group dynamics, and how to assess group work. 

November
05
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
International Instructors Working Group

Do you find that your cultural expectations for teaching and learning differ from those of your students? Join us for this interactive session with Andrea Dallas, Director of the English as a Second Language Program to discuss effective strategies for handling communication difficulties that may arise either inside or outside of the classroom.

For more information, please visit our International Instructors Working Group page.

November
04
Monday, November 04, 2019 -
5:00PM to 7:30PM
Film Screening of "Broken Land" with Facilitated Discussion

For more information, please visit the event page.

November
04
Monday, November 04, 2019 -
1:15PM to 3:30PM
Diversity Lunch & Learn

Join Karen Suyemoto, Professor of Psychology, Asian American Studies and Critical Ethnic and Community Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, for this interactive workshop in which she will discuss how resistance is enacted, reframe resistance as part of an educational change process, and discuss proactive and reactive strategies that you can implement for addressing resistance and engaging students in your classes.  For more information, please visit our Diversity Lunch & Learn page.

October
23
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 -
12:30PM to 2:00PM
Priming for Learning in Large Classes: A Faculty Conversation

Come prepared to share your ideas and to learn from each other.

October
18
Friday, October 18, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

For more information, please visit our CP page. 

October
08
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 -
2:30PM to 4:00PM
International Instructors Working Group

As international instructors, our own identities (e.g., race, gender, nationality, age, etc.) may impact interactions with our students. Join this supportive group to talk about challenges you are facing and discuss pedagogical strategies that can help you to create an inclusive learning environment in which your students and you can thrive.

For more information about the International Instructors Working Group.

October
03
Thursday, October 03, 2019 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Diversity Lunch & Learn

Join Linda Isbell, recipient of the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the College Outstanding Teaching Award, for this interactive workshop in which she will discuss effective teaching practices for engaging students with difficult and sensitive topics. She will draw on best practices in teaching as well as vivid lessons learned from her own failures and successes navigating these topics in her classes, including both large lectures and small seminars. For more information go to Diversity Lunch & Learn

September
27
Friday, September 27, 2019 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group Meeting

For more information about contemplative pedagogy, please visit our CP page. 

September
25
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 -
12:30PM to 2:00PM
The Subtle Art of Enticing Your Students to Read

Many instructors wonder why their students don't read assigned texts. Well, wonder no more! Join us for a workshop on how to better integrate readings into course design, how to frame readings, and how to teach effective reading strategies. 

September
10
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 -
10:30AM to 12:00PM
International Instructors Working Group

Do you experience challenges in adjusting to teaching and learning in the U.S. cultural context, where students’ behaviors, attitudes, and expectations may differ from those to which you are accustomed? Are you interested in finding a supportive community that will allow you to build relationships with international colleagues from across the university?

For more information about the International Instructors Working Group.

September
06
Friday, September 06, 2019 -
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Diversity Lunch & Learn

A sense of belonging is a fundamental human need – within college classrooms it impacts how well students learn. Join colleagues from across campus for lunch to explore strategies and learning experiences that support cultivating an inclusive and engaged learning environment in which students can develop a sense of belonging. For more information go to Diversity Lunch & Learn