Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) at the University of Maryland advances innovation in undergraduate and graduate education.

The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) at the University of Maryland advances innovation in undergraduate and graduate education.

Mission: The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) is the campus’ central partner for improving undergraduate and graduate education. TLTC responds to the needs of all colleges, schools, and programs to ensure that the University of Maryland remains an international model of excellence in teaching and learning. TLTC facilitates and supports new innovations in teaching, helps faculty teach more efficiently and effectively, works to ensure that all graduate teaching assistants develop as excellent teachers, and oversees faculty learning communities as they address current and future educational needs of the University. TLTC works with campus units to recognize excellence in teaching through workshops, ceremonies, and awards. TLTC administers a wide range of programs for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate teaching assistants and is a portal for vetted resources for teaching and learning.

Struggling with time management? Your students might be! Planning skills are learned, and they develop through adulthood. Help your students with this important skill by giving them a few minutes at the end of class to write down next steps for learning and assignment completion based on the day’s lecture. Talk with them about intermediate personal deadline setting. Ask how these skills are working for them throughout the semester.

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A well-designed rubric can help your students understand assessment standards and help you evaluate student work in a transparent, consistent, and efficient way. However, creating strong rubrics is not as easy as it sounds. Come explore different types of rubrics and learn advanced ELMS features for creating and using them.

February 20 | 11am

RSVP Today: tltc.umd.edu/rubrics-workshop

Only a few spots left!

Spend the day with colleagues and TLTC staff to learn about evidence-based teaching practices and apply them to your own course design. Lunch will be provided!

12/10 | 10am-4pm

tltc.umd.edu/courseretreat

Don’t forget to send us photos of your #activelearning classrooms!

tltc.umd.edu/alwphotos

This photo is from Dr. Natasha Andrade’s Civil and Environmental Engineering class trip to the UMD power plant!

Want to see #activelearning in action? Sign up for one of our 18 course observations during the week of October 21-25!

Visit tltc.umd.edu/course-observations for more information and to RSVP!

We can all agree that engaging our students as active participants in their own learning is a good thing, but figuring out how to do that can be daunting (especially in large courses). This won’t be a lecture on active learning - come ready to test out several different strategies that you can use this semester and learn more about new classrooms and programs that can support you.

Tuesday, October 22 | 9:30am-10:15am

or

Thursday, October 24 | 11am-12:15pm

tltc.umd.edu/active-learning

#teachingtips Students who are content literate are able to read and write in the language of their discipline and produce new content. Encourage students to read and write to enhance their knowledge, promote retention of material, and develop communication skills they will use in their careers. Just like learning a new language, becoming content literate takes lots of practice!

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Fair & Efficient Grading: Designing and Using Rubrics

Wednesday, October 16 | 10-11:15am

A well-designed rubric can help your students understand assessment standards and help you evaluate student work in a transparent, consistent, and efficient way. However, creating strong rubrics is not as easy as it sounds. Come explore different types of rubrics and learn advanced ELMS features for creating and using them.

tltc.umd.edu/rubrics

The human brain is wired to forget. You can help students retain knowledge by providing opportunities to reinforce material and build connections. Revisit key ideas over the semester by incorporating brief reviews into your lecture or using homework to re-expose students to previously covered concepts.

Learn more from Edutopia's "Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It."

#teachingtip #teachterps #umd #highereducation

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Oct 9 | 1pm-2:15pm

If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio. Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, join us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching.

tltc.umd.edu/statement

Getting Metacognitive: Transforming Students into Learners

9/19 | 1-2:15pm

The more students understand about the science of their own learning, the more effective they are. Come learn strategies for helping students become more self-aware and metacognitive learners.

tltc.umd.edu/metacognitive

“Think” is the 12th most used verb in the English language…what does “thinking” look like for you and your students? In this workshop, you will learn about and experience “thinking routines,” or strategies to help learners understand the thinking process and develop critical thinking skills.

Wednesday September 4th | 10-11:15am

Sign up today: tltc.umd.edu/think

Thank you to everyone who helped with Thank a Teacher Week 2019! We are excited to announce that we collected over 3,000 Thank-a-Grams!

We are so excited to send these out to campus, and so thankful for all the hard work our teachers and faculty members do to #teachterps!

We've partnered with Potomac Pizza, District Taco, & Bagels 'n Grinds to give you 25% off your order this week! Offer ends on Friday May 10th, so head on over today!

Happy #thankateacherweek!

Scholarship is based on a foundation of honesty, so as a community of teachers and learners, we must hold ourselves and our campus to the highest standards of academic integrity. Join us for a discussion on how we can communicate expectations, educate students on how to conduct scholarly work appropriately, and take practical steps to reduce dishonesty in our courses.

April 2nd @ 11:15am or April 3rd @ 11:15am

tltc.umd.edu/integrityworkshop

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Academic Integrity - Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Honesty

Join us for a discussion on how we can communicate expectations, educate students on how to conduct scholarly work appropriately, and take practical steps to reduce dishonesty in our courses.

April 2nd @ 11:15 or April 3rd @ 11:15

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Moving Online: Course Design and Development Retreat

There is still time to register for our Moving Online: Course Design and Development Retreat!

Monday April 1, 10am-4pm

Register today!

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Empower students by emphasizing action, not ability. Provide students with a list of behaviors that they should exhibit in order to excel in your course. This helps students understand that thinking and learning are processes they can control.

#teachingtiptuesday #umd #teachterps

McGuire (2015) Teach Students How to Learn

Need help with your philosophy statement? Whether you are starting from scratch or need to refine your existing statement, join us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching!

3/14 | 10am | tltc.umd.edu/craft

#teachingtiptuesday Set up a consult - online or in-person - to discuss their paper topics before they start writing. Some guidance can help steer them away from topics that don’t quite match the intention of the assignment. (via Forsyth) #umd #tltc #teachterps

When teaching and learning move online, having meaningful class conversations can become more challenging - particularly when students are asked to share their ideas, opinions, or disagreements. Research has shown that this is especially true for students of color and other marginalized groups. During this hands-on workshop, we will work through how to foster an safe and brave space for students to engage in meaningful dialogue. RSVP Today!

Wednesday 3/6 | 12:30pm

tltc.umd.edu/spaces

The TLTC has designed a short, research-based formative evaluation tool that instructors can use to gather valid, reliable, and actionable feedback on their teaching.

Learn more about how to conduct a Mid-Semester Evaluation this semester: go.umd.edu/evaluation

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Neurodiversity: From Accommodations to Inclusion

Sign up today for our Neurodiversity: From Accommodations to Inclusion Workshop!

2/27 | 2pm

http://tltc.umd.edu/inclusion

eventbrite.com Note: This event is intended for faculty, staff, and advanced graduate students at the University of Maryland. The Neurodiversity Faculty Learning Community invites you to an event centered around neurodiversity and teaching neurodiverse students. From a place of appreciative inquiry rather than exp...

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Call for Proposals: 2019 M.O.S.T. High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program | USM Center for Academic Innovation

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative has announced a call for proposals for the 2019 High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program. Submit your proposals before March 15th!

https://go.umd.edu/oerproposals

usmd.edu The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program to strategically support Maryland public higher education institutions’ efforts to increase access, affordability, and achievement for students throug...

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Fearless Teaching Framework Mid-Semester Student Evaluation

Seeking Graduate Instructors for a PAID Study of the Mid-Semester Evaluation of Teaching Tool. Each instructor will need to be teaching an undergraduate course with no fewer than 19 students in Spring 2019 to participate.

Learn more / sign up at:
https://go.umd.edu/participate

docs.google.com Are you a Graduate Instructors or TA at UMD? We are recruiting GRADUATE INSTRUCTORS across disciplines and course structures (e.g., large lectures & smaller discussion-based classes). Grad must be the Instructor of Record of an undergraduate course with at least 19 students in Spring 2019 to partici...

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Best Practices in Online and Blended Course Design

Join us to review pedagogical best practices and design techniques to consider when developing an online or blended course. This workshop will also summarize and synthesize research about instructor presence and student engagement.

2/21 | 12:30pm | https://go.umd.edu/best

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#teachingtiptuesday Whenever possible, try to highlight how your course material relates to your students’ lives. Often course material can seem disconnected from students experiences, and connecting that can help them see the relevance and be more engaged with the material.

Group work can help students develop communication, collaboration, decision-making skills, and increase active learning. Come learn various techniques to help you implement successful and equitable group work in your classroom. •
2/7 | 12:30pm | tltc.umd.edu/groups

#teachingtip Different teachers prefer different classroom climates: relaxed, formal, personal, humorous, serious, etc. Whatever climate you want, you should try to establish this early and set the tone for the rest of the semester.

As you are figuring out your new routine for the upcoming semester, make sure to schedule in time to refocus and rest each week. It will help keep you balanced throughout the semester.

#teachingtiptuesday #umd #tltc #teachterps

We still have two Faculty Learning Communities open for the spring semester!

1) Queer Faculty Learning Community
2) Threshold Concepts Learning Community: Pedagogical Applications for Course Designs

Follow the link below to learn more / apply!

https://tltc.umd.edu/flc

Working on your New Year’s resolutions? Consider writing down a few teaching resolutions for this new semester! Looking back to last year, come up with some changes or goals you can accomplish through this next season of teaching.

#teachterps #umd #highered #teachingtip

Sign up for our Graduate Student Teaching Orientation to receive:

-Practical training
-Support in developing teaching identity and philosophy
-Knowledge of campus policies and resources for teaching, learning, and professional development

1/25 | 1-4pm | http://tltc.umd.edu/gsto

Thank you for all your hard work this semester! Have a great break!

#teachterps #umd #highereducation #tltc

#teacingtiptuesday Congrats, you made it through the semester! It's easy to rush off campus and go straight into vacation mode, but before you do take a few minutes to think about your courses, what went well, what didn't work, and what you can change for next semester.

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