The Division of IT Learning Technologies group provides technology training that also includes guidance for best practices in teaching, learning, and course management with the tools it supports. Our goal is to guide participants in the thought processes and skills needed to undertake a technological modification or transformation of the instructional materials and learning environments they create for their students. A variety of training or professional development opportunities are available to University of Maryland instructors, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff under the auspices of the Division of IT Learning Technologies Institute (LTI):
The Learning Technologies Institute (LTI) provides both scheduled and customized training workshops on a full spectrum of tools supported by the Learning Technologies group, including:
The LTI Workshop series is usually scheduled for offerings in January, June and August. Workshops are free, but require pre-registration. To register for an LTI workshop go to the Training@Maryland Web site (www.training.umd.edu); look under the Division of IT Learning Technologies Institute link, located under Course Catalog. Also see Workshops and Events for a current schedule of LTI workshops.
Learning Technologies staff are also available to provide customized workshops, upon request, designed for a group of instructors with similar needs who would like us to target a specific set of skills and concepts or application of supported tools to a particular teaching environment. To inquire about customized training, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, as far in advance as possible of the desired date.
If a training workshop does not fit your schedule or suit your current needs, please visit the specific tools information pages (under Faculty Resources) for which you would like "self help" materials:
The Brown Bag discussion series provides an informal forum for University instructors to explore technologies and issues that affect teaching and learning in an online environment. Faculty-led discussions are intended to promote the effective and innovative uses of ELMS and other learning technologies, such as student response systems, Facebook, and live classroom environments. Brown Bags are scheduled monthly during the Fall and Spring terms, with light refreshments served. See Brown Bag page for the current schedule of discussion topics.
The Learning Technologies group provides weekly "how to" webinars on specific features of the tools supported by the group. Webinars are conducted in a Wimba Live Classroom environment during the Fall and Spring terms. The format includes demonstration of a tool, discussion about best practices for its use, and question and answer between the webinar presenter and participants. Learn something new about a tool or technology in which you have an interest from the comfort of your office or home. See LT webinar page for the current schedule of discussion topics.
Tea Time Tech Talks are informal, facilitated conversations about pedagogical challenges in teaching in a technological-enhanced learning environment. The weekly talks are co-hosted by the Division of Information Technology Learning Technologies group and the University of Maryland Libraries. Each talk is mentored by a knowledgeable faculty member or librarian, but the conversation is free flowing and intended to raise as many questions as might be answered.
The Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) Conference showcases and celebrates the creativity and dedication of University instructors who demonstrate excellence in their teaching endeavors. The ITL Conference recognizes both technological and non-technical solutions that respond to pedagogical problems in innovative ways. The annual conference is jointly sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Center for Teaching Excellence and is held on the College Park campus.