Greetings,

We hope your summer is going well. Faculty and instructor resources for planning fall classes as well as a centralized help request form are now available on the University Quality Standards: FlexForward to Online Teaching central web portal.
We encourage faculty to begin the process of fall class preparation by first visiting the University Quality Course Design: FlexForward to Online Teaching portal and reviewing the University Quality Standards for Online Course Design, the resources available to support you in designing and developing your courses, and the ongoing support services. If you have any need for assistance please complete the help request form.
First steps (all resources are available directly through the central portal)
  1. Review the University Quality Standards for Online Course Design
  2. Request your Moodle or Blackboard Course
    Request your Moodle Course in SPIRE
    Request your Blackboard Course in SPIRE
  3. Submit your textbook adoptions through the eCampus FAST Adoption Tool by July 15th to ensure that the materials are delivered to your students by the start of fall classes. 
  4. Revise your syllabus and plan your course activities through Flexible Course (Re)Design
  5. Ask for help or a consultation through the central help request.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
  • All faculty and instructors will be enrolled in the University Quality Course Design: FlexForward to Online Teaching Moodle course that will guide and support them in developing their fully online courses. If faculty need access to Moodle course would like to use the Blackboard version of the course please email your request to instruct@umass.edu.
  • All courses are now identified in SPIRE as Fully Remote or, if essential face-to-face with assigned classrooms. All courses, including those identified as Fully Remote continue to have scheduled class sessions. For online courses synchronous class sessions should be scheduled according to the SPIRE class schedules.
  • Faculty who need access to a classroom to prepare or deliver their online courses can work with IT to determine what is available.  Email cts@umass.edu for more information.
  • eCampus, our University bookstore, will continue to provide required course materials and textbooks to our students. Please enter your course materials through the eCampus FAST Adoption Tool by July 15th to ensure that the materials are delivered to your students by the start of fall classes. 

LOOKING FOR HELP?

The Quality Online Course Design Help request form is monitored jointly by CTL, IDEAS, IT and Libraries. Faculty and instructors may request help through this help request or may access help services through any of the individual units.

CTL RESOURCES
The Center for Teaching & Learning is available to provide assistance in designing your course, revising your syllabus, and discussing specific teaching strategies. Please sign up for an for individual consultation, email us at ctl@umass.edu.


IDEAS RESOURCES 

The Instructional Design, Engagement and Support group and the Instructional Media Lab consultants have joined together to support Faculty and Instructors with developing the best and most flexible online versions of their course(s). We offer both individual or departmental instructional design and instructional technology consultations. Email us at instruct@umass.edu or drop-in to our Zoom support room (available 9am-4pm M-F).


IT RESOURCES
 

UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) continues to offer numerous technologies designed for teaching, learning, and working remotely. For updated information on the tools, platforms, and services available to you, including tech support and recent technology news, see www.umass.edu/it.  

More information will be available later this summer. You can email us at it@umass.edu with any technology questions or issues you are experiencing.


LIBRARIES RESOURCES

If you are concerned about your students ability to access materials they will need for their fall course, the Libraries eReserves may be an option for you. This includes helping you find resources that align with your course needs and that help your students complete their assignments.  We can also work with you to create tailored assignments that enhance students’ research skills. Contact your departmental liaison or Ask Us! to get started. 

Please let us know if we can help,

Claire Hamilton, Associate Provost and Director Center for Teaching and Learning
Heather Sharpes-Smith, Executive Director of Online Educational Technology/Instructional Design, Engagement and Support
Leslie Button, Associate Dean for Research & Learning, UMass Amherst Libraries
Matthew Dalton, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Instructional Innovation 
 
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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