New TLTC Sessions

Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center, Room 0201

To Register for this event, please submit this survey. Please contact Kristi Hall (khall [at] umd [dot] eduor Katherine Russell (krussel [at] umd [dot] edu) with questions.

Presenters and key resources are listed below for your reference.



The BSOS College, in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), will host a teaching & learning community and all BSOS faculty (TTK & PTK) are encouraged to participate.

The purpose of this community is (1) to support faculty in their teaching and (2) to create a community of faculty peers across the college who can help and support each other.

For more information, please contact Kristi Hall, BSOS Associate Director at khall [at] umd [dot] edu.

Spring 2019 Sessions

Friday, Mar 8th 2019 from 2:00pm-3:15pm:  Active learning with a focus on iSeries, Scholarship-in-Practice courses.

Presenter: Scott Roberts, Director of Instructional Excellence & Innovation (TLTC)


Friday Apr 12th from 2:00pm-3:15pm: Best Practices in Online Course Interaction.

Presenter: Louisa Nkrumah, Learning Experience Designer (TLTC)

Winter 2019 Sessions

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Morning session: Fearless Teaching Framework
The TLTC’s Fearless Teaching Framework (FTF) is a way in which you can comprehensively think about the elements of your classroom that you control as an instructor. We will use the FTF as a jumping off point for broader discussions about course content, classroom climate, teaching practices and effective assessments.

Lunch with BSOS Dean Gregory Ball

Afternoon session: Elements of a Teaching Portfolio
Teaching portfolios are required for all faculty (TTK & PTK) going up for promotion and for tenure packages for TTK faculty. It much easier to collect your teaching portfolio materials at the end of each semester, rather than trying to collect 5+ years all at once!  We will discuss what goes into  creating an outstanding  teaching portfolio, tools that the TLTC has development to help instructors to develop their portfolios, and tips to make this process efficient and reflective of your teaching strengths.

Presented by Scott Roberts & Samantha Elliott from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC). 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Morning session: Teaching efficiently with ELMS
The UMD electronic learning management software (ELMS) has many features that can enhance your class and make your work more efficient. Even if you are an ELMS pro, we can probably give you a few new ideas to try!  Content includes:, rubrics, speedgrader, course/assignment design, Canvas Commons, quizzes and others.

Presented by Deb Mateik, Director of Learning Technology Design in Division of Information Technology

Afternoon session: Online Accessibility Tools
Can all your students read your syllabus, course assignments and ELMS content? This workshop will explore the resources at your disposal to ensure your course is accessible to students with disabilities.

Presented by Ana Palla-Kane and Sue Johnston (


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Morning session: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Classroom Climate
This discussion will consider ways in which faculty can make all students feel welcome, accepted and productive members of your classroom learning community. This is a chance to focus on the how to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into your student learning outcomes.  We will also discuss some examples of recent challenging situations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the resources available to help. The TLTC guide for sensitive topics is an excellent resource for faculty.

Presented by Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean and Patricio Korzeniewicz, Chair of Department of Sociology

Afternoon session: Campus Course-Related Policies and Practices
This workshop will discuss campus course related policies and practices, especially for undergraduate courses, that help ensure a common understanding for students and faculty regarding excused absences, grading, syllabi, where to go for help and support.  You can find a syllabus template recommended by TLTC at Your department may have a template to consider as well. is one place where you can review holidays when making your syllabus. summarizes the University of Maryland's grading definitions

Presented by Scott Roberts (TLTC)


Jim Henson Statue