Teaching

Many of our graduate students and postdocs serve the UMass community in the classroom and in the laboratory, as teaching assistants and solo instructors. In addition to supporting those teaching right now, OPD also helps prepare graduate students and postdocs for careers as teachers.

Our inaugural Teaching Academy launched in August! You can still check out nine pedagogical videos, view our resource page, and join our online Teaching Academy Community!

Manuela Borzone, PhD student in Comparative Literature

Whether geared toward classroom management, interpersonal communication with students, or streamlining class preparation and grading, the teaching workshops helped me further develop my teaching skills as a graduate instructor and discussion leader. As a result, I feel more confident in my ability to deliver quality instruction to our undergraduates.

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Manuela Borzone (PhD student, Comparative Literature)

Upcoming Events

Jun
25

3 Weeks to a Syllabus: Content and Calendars

Jun 25, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | Online with OPD!

Create your syllabus with us in just three weeks! This week, we'll talk about choosing learning goals, topics, and readings and how to put it all into the class calendar. In this workshop, there will be a brief introduction of best practices and tips, time to work on your own syllabus, and then time for discussion about questions that came up while you were working. Deciding on the course calendar can often take forever, so use this concentrated time to make some final decisions! Come to today's workshop or join us at all three "3 Weeks" workshops! 

Jul
2

3 Weeks to a Syllabus: Assignments and Grading

Jul 2, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | Online with OPD!

Create your syllabus with us in just three weeks! This week, we'll talk about choosing assignments, thinking both about what will benefit students and what will be practical to grade. In this workshop, there will be a brief introduction of best practices and tips, time to work on your own syllabus, and then time for discussion about questions that came up while you were working. Come to today's workshop or join us at all three "3 Weeks" workshops! 

Jul
9

3 Weeks to a Syllabus: Policies

Jul 9, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | Online with OPD!

Create your syllabus with us in just three weeks! This week, we'll talk about choosing policies for late-work, electronic use, plagiarism, attendance and so on. These policies not only impact your classroom climate, but the wording you choose can make an immediate impact on your students. Make sure you are making the right first impression! In this workshop, there will be a brief introduction of best practices and tips, time to work on your own syllabus, and then time for discussion about questions that came up while you were working. Come to today's workshop or join us at all three "3 Weeks" workshops! 

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Additional Resources

  • For a complete list of resources at UMass and beyond, visit our Teaching Academy Resources page
     
  • As part of the Teaching Academy, we created a series of short videos to support graduate students and postdocs dedicated to improving their teaching skills. Designed to support instructors at all levels, there is something for everyone!
     
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) organizes a variety of events and often partners with OPD on programming to jointly serve faculty, postdoc, and graduate student instructors. Their website also offers additional teaching resources.
     
  • The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) helps STEM graduate students and postdocs across the country strategically position themselves for careers in college and university teaching through a series of comprehensive on-line workshops and optional evidence-based teaching projects. The UMass CIRTL chapter also leads in-person workshops for the UMass campus.
     
  • The Instructional Innovation office offers year-round workshops to help faculty, postdoc, and graduate student instructors better use technology, such as Moodle and Echo360, in the classroom.
     
  • There are many online pedagogical resources that will inspire instructors with best-practices for learning. For example, Faculty Focus regular publishes short articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom and The Chronicle of Higher Education has an advice section that also often publishes on pedagogy and teaching as a career.

Questions?

Contact us for more information on OPD’s Teaching workshops and assistance.

OPD Workshop participants