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Instructional Innovation Fellowship

The IDEAS team offers and supports multiple grants and fellowships for educators seeking to improve their teaching and learning through the innovative use of teaching technologies. Some of these grants are offered in collaboration with campus partners such as The Libraries and The Center for Teaching and Learning. Check here often to find information about these opportunities and the eligibility criteria. 

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Essentials of Online Teaching Course: Spring 2024

During the Spring 2024 semester, the IDEAS team will be facilitating the next 6-week Essentials of Online Teaching - The Canvas Edition course. This opportunity is open to any UMass instructor interested in: learning how to develop and teach effective online courses, using teaching technologies meaningfully, and receiving personalized support in the process of designing their online courses. 

Participants who fulfill all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and their department head will be notified. Participants can expect to spend about 3-5 hours per learning module (approximately 20-25 hours over 6 weeks). Additionally, there are 6 required synchronous Zoom sessions. Registration for the next course is open now. Register online today or read more about the course below.

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Self-Paced Introduction to Online Teaching @UMass Course

New to online teaching at UMass? 

On an on-going basis, the IDEAS Team offers the self-paced Introduction to Online Teaching Course. The course guides instructors in setting up their online course and the basics of teaching an effective online course. Participants can expect to spend about 1-3 hours per learning module (approximately 7-10 hours across all learning modules). 

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Teach-Tech-Talks (TTT) Workshop Series

The IDEAS team is happy to announce the upcoming Teach-Tech-Talks (TTT) workshop series! The goal of TTT is to create a community of practice where educators with varying degrees of experience can come together to learn about leveraging technology in their teaching. We welcome all instructors interested in hearing from innovative educators around our campus. 

IDEAS will host monthly flex meetings, where one expert will present, followed by a Q&A session and a group discussion. Participants can join remotely via Zoom or in-person. Food will be provided for in-person attendees! Check back for information on the next TTT event.

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Live Online Workshops

The IDEAS team also facilitates interactive, online workshops focusing on topics ranging from enhancing engagement in courses taught online, to developing online assessments using Canvas tools, to using lecture capture tools such as H5P and EchoVideo and more! Participants learn new teaching strategies and technology skills, and they can ask the facilitators questions along the way. 

Check out the Upcoming Events Page to view and register for upcoming IDEAS workshops.