TLTC Programs for Instructors
Are you brand new to teaching or ready to explore new strategies and teaching practices? Consider joining one of our premier programs below and progress through the content at your own pace.
Welcome to Teaching @ UMD
Are you new to instructing at Maryland, or perhaps returning after a short hiatus? Jump over to UMD's Open Learning page to enroll in the Teaching Center's self-paced training: Welcome to Teaching @ UMD.
This asynchronous course will guide you through information and activities including:
- UMD’s instructional digital systems
- Develop a welcoming syllabus
- Textbooks or other course materials
- Prepare to teach (ELMS/Rooms)
- Ongoing support
The TLTC Faculty Launch Program is designed to provide you with a cohesive but customizable series of professional development activities to help advance your teaching, collect evidence of effectiveness, and leverage innovative, evidence-based approaches in your classroom. Coming in May-June, 2023, the TLTC is "launching" the updated version of the certificate. You can get started on the requirements now.
The Launch Program is completely self-paced, and we expect that most faculty take 2-5 years to finish all of the program requirements. Faculty who satisfy all of the Launch Program activities will receive a certificate of completion.
Register: Please click here to enroll and get started.
Get started now:
You can get started in any order, create your own path, and do this at your own pace. TLTC staff are available for questions, consultations, and more.
1. Learn something new (or in more depth): Attend two TLTC workshops, with at least one from the Diversity & Inclusion series. You will be asked to document and provide a brief reflection and summary.
2. Consult: Schedule a consultation with the TLTC.
3. Reflect on your Teaching by completing one of the following items to document and share feedback on your teaching:
- Peer Observation
- TLTC Observation
- Small Group Feedback session Instructional Coaching Partnership.
- Arrange a TLTC teaching observation & consultation
4. Course Design:
Brush up your course design skills by completing at least one of the options below:
- TLTC Design Sprint.
- TLTC Course Design Retreat (coming soon)
- Other (approved) professional development around course design and pedagogy.
If you have already completed one or more of these, we will work with you to document, get credit, and see if you want to dig deeper into any particular topic.
5. Expand your technological skills by attending a Learning Technologies workshop or signing up for a 1-1 Learning Technologies consultation.
6. Join/participate in a TLTC Faculty Learning Community of your choice in either the fall or spring semester.
7. Complete two additional elements of your choosing. It could be something from one of the above lists, or an approved alternative.
8. Create or update your teaching portfolio.
We expect the updated course to be available by early summer, but feel free to start working on the requirements now. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
The TLTC is committed to fostering inclusive climates for learning and teaching. We strive to help instructors learn about and integrate inclusive pedagogies in their courses and consider the ways in which they can create equitable, accessible, welcoming, and positive classroom climates for students of all backgrounds and abilities.
- Name and discuss dimensions of your identity, privileges, and authority and define how they impact the dynamics and interactions in your classroom.
- Reflect on how our identities, experiences, privilege, and authority shape our teaching practices and impact our students’ engagement, learning, and sense of belonging to the discipline and in the classroom.
- Develop practices that acknowledge, mitigate, and address structural and social inequities, micro- and macro-aggressions, and implicit biases to create more inclusive interactions and a more productive learning environment.
- Recognize the complexity of inclusive and equitable pedagogies and practices; Embrace the process of ongoing growth and development.
- Articulate your stance and approach to inclusive teaching practices (this includes the creation of a DEI statement including reflection, acknowledgment, practices, and directions for continued growth)
To complete IPP Certificate, participants will:
- Take 5 core* workshops & complete post-workshop reflections
- Choose 3 elective** workshops
- Attend a minimum of 2 reflection circle sessions
*Core workshops include topics such as Identity, Power, and Privilege in the Classroom, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Dialogic Pedagogy, Difficult Dialogues (Level 1 or 2), and Decentering Whiteness
**Elective workshops may include topics such as: Creating a Positive Classroom Climate, Universal Design for Learning, Responding to Bias in the Classroom, Becoming an Ally in my Classroom, Microaggressions / Macro-aggressions, Stereotype Threat and Values Affirmations, and more.
Reflection circles are live sessions, either in-person or over Zoom, where program participants are joined by TLTC staff to discuss workshop content, ask questions, and be in community with others doing this work.