Instructional Technology

The College of Natural Sciences is at the forefront of harnessing technology to significantly alter the way in which science and math are taught. To learn more about these advances in computer-aided pedagogy, follow the links below.

Center for Educational Software Development is a campus service organization dedicated to the design, development, and dissemination of instructional technology, and building collaborations between with UMass faculty and external institutions, community groups, and Massachusetts K-12 schools.

Center for Knowledge Communication develops advanced technology to improve teaching and learning. The center's current focus is on the psychology of human learning, strategies for effective teaching, and the dynamics of human-machine interactions.

Online Web-based Learning (OWL), the result of more than ten years of development, is a comprehensive, web-based homework system that currently serves more than 20 departments at UMass Amherst. OWL chemistry and computer science homework modules have been published nationally.

Research in Presentation Production for Learning Electronically (RIPPLES) investigates how to most effectively use the World Wide Web and CD/DVD-ROM to deliver lectures and course materials outside of the classroom, with a focus on asynchronous learning environments in which students proceed at their own pace. Students can access lectures as digital audio or video, synchronized with slides, overheads or other materials.

Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI)
Conducts and applies research on reasoning and cognitive processes to improve science and mathematics education.