Web Based Resources
The following websites contain useful information for instructors teaching in Active Learning Classrooms:
- North Carolina State University SCALE-UP
SCALE-UP stands for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies. The primary goal of the SCALE-UP Project is to establish a highly collaborative, hands-on, computer-rich, interactive learning environment for large, introductory college courses. In comparisons to traditional instruction the developers have seen significantly increased conceptual understanding, improved attitudes, successful problem solving, and higher success rates.
- Team-Based Learning Collaborative
Team-Based Learning is an evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise. A class typically includes one module.The Team-Based Learning Collaborative is an organization of educators from around the world who encourage and support the use of Team-Based Learning in all levels of education.
- POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning)
This approach uses a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application to help students construct new knowledge. POGIL is a teaching pedagogy that makes students feel engaged, accomplished & empowered. It is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best.
Partner Institution Workshops & Training
The Faculty Development Center collaborates with other departments on campus to provide orientation programs for new faculty, part-time faculty, and TAs, and co-sponsors the Provost's New Faculty Lunch Series several times a year on topics of recurrent interest. They organize frequent Seminars and Workshops for faculty on specific teaching topics and other areas of professional development.
Teaching and Technology
FDC works closely with the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) to help faculty members incorporate technology into their courses, including assisting faculty in creating online or hybrid course sites using the Blackboard course tool. For more information go the Blackboard Help website or call the Faculty Development Center (5-3916).
Teaching and Learning Consultation
The Faculty Development Center’s consultation services are available for all instructors across the university. Some topics on which they regularly consult:
- course design
- syllabus construction
- active learning
- assessment of students
- effective teaching approaches
- evaluation and improvement strategies
- methods of working productively with students
Faculty Teaching Consultation
TLTC's Faculty Teaching Consultation Program is designed to help provide support for those who would like to improve their teaching. Teaching consultants work one-on-one with teachers based on their own goals. The requesting teacher determines the issues to be explored, and the consultant provides an outside perspective, peer support for a plan of action, and suggestions for additional resources. Faculty Teaching Consultations are voluntary and completely confidential. Working with a Teaching Consultatnt offers an opportunity to explore:
- Alternative methods for teaching and classroom management
- Peer observation and feedback
- Student evaluation data
- Alternative classroom assessment methods, such as mid-semester evaluations and small group interviews
- Video feedback and analysis of your class
- Development or review of instructional materials, such as syllabi, exams, and assignments
- Course design
- Your teaching portfolio
- Teaching with new technology
Contact the Center for Teaching Excellence: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-405-9356
Offers a variety of services including:
- Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) support and other instructional software.
- Professional development workshops
- UMES Online Teaching Certification
- Developing Assessment materials for classes
- Developing Interactive materials for classes
Workshops are free and open to all UMUC faculty members. Faculty members will receive an e-mail confirmation of their enrollment into workshops at least one week prior to each workshop. Those who register for online workshops will also receive information on how to log on and access the workshop.
The Office of Instructional Design & Delivery supports the instructional design and delivery needs of faculty engaged in teaching and learning of online, hybrid, and traditional courses. To this end, professional development and support is provided for effective pedagogical practices and instructional software.