Upcoming Events


Online Teaching Community

The purpose of the Online Teaching Community is to share creative teaching ideas, best practices and policies, and ideas for research in online teaching. The group is interaction-based and the content we discuss is up to its members — so bring your questions and issues and the tips and tricks you’ve learned along the way to these online meetings. 

Recurring Event
Date(s): Sept. 11, 2020; Oct. 2, 2020; Nov. 6, 2020; Dec. 4, 2020; Jan. 8, 2021; Feb. 5, 2021; March 5, 2021; April 2, 2021; May 7, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
Location: WebEx
Contact: michelle.pearce@umaryland.edu 


The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning welcomes instructional experts from iDesign to lead virtual workshops focusing on strategies to enhance online teaching and learning:

Preventing Virtual Classroom Fatigue

Zoom, Webex, and other web conferencing tools have become the ideal solution for teaching when in-person is not possible. However, Zoom fatigue for faculty and students is a very real issue! In this session, we’ll offer tips and ideas on how to utilize this face-to-face time with your students to increase engagement. We’ll discuss various instructional strategies you can use during this class time to break it up and keep students engaged. Finally, we’ll offer suggestions for utilizing other tools, such as Blackboard, in tandem with your virtual class sessions.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Location: Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84392898881 Meeting ID: 843 9289 8881
Presenter(s): Carmen Christopher and Rebecca Kelley

Using VoiceThread Effectively

By enabling simple audio and video recording, VoiceThread can stimulate authentic interaction and establish social presence in your online course. How can you use it in ways that enhance learning and increase engagement? When is audio and video recording a better choice than a text-based discussion, and when is it not? If you have these questions and others, join us for a special workshop on Using VoiceThread Effectively. We will begin with a few samples of how to use VoiceThread to create engaging activities. Next, we’ll offer tips on how to maneuver the technologies. Finally, we will discuss some best practices related to voice and video in your learning management system.

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Location: Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84392898881 Meeting ID: 843 9289 8881
Presenter(s): Carmen Christopher