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Planning Learning

Getting your course ready, instructional strategies, and more.

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Facilitating Learning

Classroom teaching, online teaching, and more.


Assessing Learning

Evaluating your course, student feedback, and more.

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Researching Learning

Educational research ideas, journal publications, and more.


The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to launch in partnership with the USM, additional instructional design support services.  iDesign Instructional Design Support Specialists are a “helpline” available to respond to your online course questions. This service includes The Faculty Learning Hub a robust resource of educational guides.

If you have a team in your school and want access to templates or educational technology tools supported by UMB, please seek your school-specific team contacts.  If you need supplemental help, please self-enroll in The Faculty Learning Hub at UMB, and request iDesign Instructional Design Support specialists.

Here are some ideas about how we can help:

  • Course planning
  • Assignment creation
  • Using Blackboard for your courses
  • Planning for your synchronous class sessions and ways to use Zoom

If you are interested in setting up a consultation, access the Faculty Learning Hub. You may also email or call 1-888-646-2344. 

Open Educational Resources (OER)

The mission of the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is to facilitate faculty efforts to explore the promise of open educational resources (OER) to reduce students’ cost of attendance while maintaining, or perhaps even improving, learning outcomes.

Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative (M.O.S.T.)

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.

OER Commons

Lumen Learning creates affordable digital course materials using OER. Every Lumen OER course is designed to improve learning and replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses.

Lumen Learning

Creative Commons is an American nonprofit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

Creative Commons