A CNS class being taught in a renovated classroom in 2019

Center for Teaching and Learning Offers Teach Week for Faculty June 4-7

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites UMass Amherst faculty to kickstart the summer starting June 4 with Teach Week 2024, which features a series of online workshops and a course design consultation clinic geared toward helping faculty generate and implement new course ideas.

The complete schedule of events for Teach Week is below. More information about these and other programs offered by CTL can be found at www.umass.edu/ctl.

Course Design Consultation Clinic
Facilitators: CTL consultants
Tuesday, June 4, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, 1 p.m.

Take a moment to think about the overarching structure and details of your courses through a collaborative and thoughtful lens with a CTL consultant as your “thought partner.” Available through Zoom or by phone, this one-on-one consultation will provide design ideas that you can return to when you are ready to prepare to teach your course. Register here, or schedule an individual consultation here.

Can We Cultivate Curiosity in an Era of Distraction?
Facilitators: Beth Lisi and Sara Cavallo (CTL)
Wednesday, June 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
Via Zoom; link will be provided upon registration

This interactive workshop will explore the different dimensions of curiosity and engage in some activities to spark curiosity that you can adapt to your courses no matter the discipline. Register here.

Encouraging Active Reading in the Digital Age
Facilitator: Claire Hamilton and Brian Baldi (CTL)
Thursday, June 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Via Zoom; link will be provided upon registration

This session will examine how students read in both the print and digital context and explore concrete ways to structure our courses across disciplines, so students engage in the active reading that helps them retain more information and builds critical thinking—whether they are reading textbooks, primary sources, professional blogs or other digital sources. Register here.

Transforming Assessments and Assignments in the Era of Generative AI
Facilitators: Kirsten Helmer (CTL) and Dan Cannity (IDEAS) 
Friday, June 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Via Zoom; link will be provided upon registration

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore strategies for redesigning assessments and assignments to adapt to the presence of generative AI tools, fostering authentic learning experiences while leveraging the benefits and mitigating the risks of AI in education. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of how to redesign their assessments and assignments to leverage the benefits of generative AI while safeguarding against potential misuse. Register here.