Technology for Teaching and Learning
As a faculty member you will have either Microsoft Outlook or Google Gmail as your email account. Regardless of the email platform you are using, you do have access to all of the Microsoft 365 applications including OneDrive, Teams, and Office 365. You also have access to Google Workspace including Google Slides, Google Drive, and Jamboard.
UMass has many other technologies available for faculty including Zoom, iClickers, and Echo360. CNS faculty can request a Moodle course space to post syllabi and other course materials and to easily communicate with enrolled students.
- The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides consultations and resources for teaching faculty including the fundamentals of course design video series and guidance on how to create an inclusive syllabus. The CTL is also where you can learn about the eCampus FAST Adoption Tool and how to submit book orders for upcoming terms.
- Library services available for faculty include both print and electronic course reserves, customized library workshops, and resources on copyright, plagiarism, and information fluency. Connect with your departmental Library Liaison to learn about the resources and expertise available in the libraries.
- The Instructional Design, Engagement and Support team (IDEAS) provides support for existing instructional technologies and can help you explore emerging instructional technologies and alternative course modalities including fully-online and flexible learning strategies.
- The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) offers faculty and students instruction, training, and support for assistive technology for teaching and learning. The ATC offers access to scanning equipment, optical character recognition software, document and screen reading software, voice recognition software, text enlargers, and other assistive technologies.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services Faculty Handbook to access the Accommodations Statement to include on your course syllabus and learn more about the accommodation process and common classroom accommodation requests.
Support for CNS Lecturers
CNS acknowledges the many contributions of CNS lecturers and has created services and opportunities to enhance their professional success.
Online and Remote Teaching Resources
Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement Strategies
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 remote and online courses.
- Flex Forward portal
- University Quality Standards
- Flexible Course (Re)Design Modules
- IDEAS Workshops and Webinars
- Library Resources for Remote Instruction
- Information Literacy Modules
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.