Teaching and Learning
The Teaching Excellence Initiative (TEI) supports UM's focus on improving student success and learning. It is a collaboration between the Office of Organizational Learning and Development, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, and the Office of the Provost.
The Learning Assistant Program at UM pairs high-performing undergraduate students with faculty focused on transforming their courses into engaging, active learning based courses. To learn how to add a learning assistant to your course, contact Josh Herring, Learning Assistant Program Coordinator.
Take advantage of our great online resource on Engaging Teaching Practices, which offers an introduction to research on how students learn, clear guidelines for making your courses accessible to all students, and practical strategies for engaging students throughout the semester. The course was created by Morgen Alwell, from our Teaching and Learning Program, and Marlene Zentz, Jo Costello, and Robert Squires from UMOnline. While the course was designed for new faculty and graduate instructors, it offers ideas and resources to anyone engaged in the work of teaching and learning. It also provides critical information on making your courses accessible to all learners. You can self-enroll in Engaging Teaching Practices and have the option to earn a Certificate of Completion for the course or simply use it as a reference.
Each summer, this Institute gathers UM faculty and graduate students for an in-depth study of evidence-based active learning strategies that have been shown to improve student understanding and success. Participants will engage in workshops and a group project and be named Scientific Teaching Fellows through the national organization.
Open educational resources (OER) are public domain or openly licensed educational materials that faculty and students may freely use, customize, and share. They improve affordability, narrow performance gaps, and help level the academic playing field for students.
The course, open to all UM and Missoula College instructors, includes a series of self-paced, online learning modules that provide in-depth coverage of OER, Creative Commons licensing, finding and evaluating OER, and open pedagogy. Take the entire course, or dip into the individual modules relevant to your needs. Each module includes a downloadable "key takeaways" document for easy access to key concepts and useful links. Contact Wendy Walker at the Mansfield Library with comments or questions.
Delivered by UM and UM-affiliated faculty—Annie Belcourt, Bryan Cochran, Holly Schleicher—this program is offered through Moodle and provides engaging and invaluable context, core values, and practical tips on managing your mentoring relationship with your graduate students, as well as injecting practices in support of wellbeing into the lives of both you and your students. Faculty who complete the course will earn a certificate, which we will encourage Chairs, Deans, and the Provost to recognize formally as evidence of professional growth and development. But most importantly we hope you will invest some time in a learning opportunity that will positively impact your relationships!
We are recruiting a first cohort of faculty to complete the online training, which should take around four hours to complete. Those who complete by mid-October will be invited to attend fall lunch sessions with food where our UM trainers will be available to consult, answer questions, and moderate discussion on integrating these principles into your mentorship practice.
This program was developed by The Graduate School, in collaboration with UM Online and Professors Annie Belcourt, Bryan Cochran, and Holly Schleicher.
Resources for Teaching with Technology
Assessment is an ongoing effort to improve the quality of instruction, student learning, and overall effectiveness of a department or unit. The Assessment website provides more guidance and information about assessment procedures at UM.