CELTT staff are available to consult with individual faculty on a range of topics, including:
- Course planning and design
- Instructional strategies
- Development of learning goals
- Syllabus construction
- Classroom management and facilitation
- Teaching with technology
- Preparation of teaching philosophy statements
- Feedback on teaching, including guided self-reflection and teaching observation
Upon request, CELTT will offer feedback on a faculty member's teaching through a classroom visit or review of a classroom recording. Feedback sessions are formative and done solely for the faculty member's own benefit. Results will not be shared with the faculty member's department or program.
In an effort to respond to ongoing faculty professional development needs, CELTT is pleased to announce a “Communities of Practice” model of faculty development. Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of individuals, in this case faculty, who have a shared passion and interact regularly to practice and improve (Wenger, 2015). At UBalt, CoPs provide spaces for critical discussion, learner-centered thinking, and social innovation among small, disciplinary and cross-disciplinary groups of faculty. Communities of Practice are intended to be organic in nature; CELTT and its partners provide CoPs with strategic guidance, accountability, and logistical support, while UBalt faculty members provide the overall direction.
The goals of Communities of Practice are to:
- Support faculty learning and reflection on topics related to teaching and learning excellence.
Participation in a CoP will allow faculty to build knowledge networks, tackle practical problems, and develop a shared repertoire of resources.
Logistics of Communities of Practice:
- Meet 4-5 times
Any UBalt faculty or staff member with an interest in teaching and learning can create a Community of Practice. Just email email@example.com with a “one-pager” containing the following information: proposed name and brief description of the CoP, tentative meeting dates (fall, spring, or summer), any materials or resources that you need to be successful, and the names of at least two other faculty who are interested in joining the CoP.Fall 2020Open Educational Resources, with Brandy Jenner & Kristin ConlinWhat a Trip!: How to Use Escape Rooms, Virtual Travel and Murder Mysteries to Enhance Virtual Teaching, with Rachael ZelenyUsing VoiceThread, with Megan RheeSpring 2020Open Educational Resources, with Brandy Jenner & Kristin Conlin
Using VoiceThread, with Megan RheeFacilitating Education through Internships (TBD)
Teaming with Microsoft Teams, with OTS & Brandy JennerIncremental Course Redesign, with Brandy Jenner & Cathleen O’Neal
Each May, the University System of Maryland Council for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning joins the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation in planning faculty recognition activities as part of Thank a Teacher Week. One of the most important parts of Thank a Teacher Week is students sending kudos to faculty members who have made a real difference in their lives over the previous academic year.
The purpose of the CELTT Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize the superb teaching that goes on at UB. UB is a place where leaders grow, advance, thrive, and learn to apply their skills to both local and global challenges; and faculty are central to this mission. Recipients of the CELTT Excellence in Teaching Award will have demonstrated a notable record of success in educating undergraduate and/or graduate students in any field at UB. Our award winners for AY 2021 are: Prof. Jan Williams from the Merrick School of Business, Prof. Katharine Shaffer from Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, and Prof. Jennica Larrison from the College of Public Affairs. These faculty members are being recognized for their superb teaching and their commitment to inspiring and mentoring students, utilizing best practices in teaching and learning, pioneering new teaching methods, providing support to colleagues, and taking on a leadership role in creating or assessing curriculum, and developing outstanding curriculum, learning materials and teaching strategies.
Interested in data about student learning gathered from Sakai, PeopleSoft and other sources? We are your go-to source. We:
- identify, collect and organize data
- collaborate with people with diverse skill sets
- determine next steps to use the collected data
CELTT works closely with the Office of Technology Services, engaging in policy, sharing best practices, and developing critical thought on instructional technologies and e-learning in its many forms, including:
- online education
- mobile learning
- multimedia education
CELTT is pleased to offer mini-grants to faculty for research and conference presentations. For AY 2020-2021 only: Consistent with the University's response to the to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are only accepting applications for materials, conference registration, and other research expenses that do not include travel. Funding is also potentially available at the school/department level. See Internal Grant Opportunities or contact your associate dean for more information.
To learn more about assessment resources at UBalt, visit Assessment of Student Learning.