Resources for Spring 2021:

Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement Strategies

As you prepare for your Spring 2021 courses visit the Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement Strategies document for recommendations on sharing workload and time considerations with students, course design strategies to help with information overload, engagement strategies for both Zoom and Moodle, and student success strategies to incorporate into your remote and online courses. 

Additional Resources


CNS faculty are encouraged to visit the CNS Faculty Remote Teaching Assistance Moodle site for the most current resources, links, tools, technologies, and recommended practices for remote and online teaching, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion, and strategies for maintaining academic integrity. If you are unable to access this site in Moodle please contact  Please contact April Bellafiore, Director of Multi-Modal Education for the College of Natural Sciences. 

The CNS Keep Teaching site was designed in Spring 2020 to provide guidance for working remotely, best practices, tools and technologies for remote learning, recommendations on how to offer exams online and suggestions for maintaining academic integrity in the submission of online work, and other helpful resources. 


Faculty Development

CNS Faculty Development and Programs help meet the mission and strategic goals of the College of Natural Science by actively supporting the research, teaching, and service work of our faculty while also promoting their wellbeing and resilience. Visit the CNS Faculty Development page for information on upcoming events and resources for individuals, teams, and departments.


Academic Alert Initiative

The UMass Amherst Academic Alert initiative partners with instructors and advisors to connect undergraduate students with the resources needed to meet the rigors of college-level academic work and expectations. Through a coordinated referral network, students are guided toward resources that support mastery of course content and academic skill development. Questions? Contact Erin Battistoni, Academic Alert Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences.

Tools to share with students: