IMPORTANT - Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace platform to replace Blackboard Learn. Read more

Need Assistance? UMA Faculty Development Center is ready to help!
Ask us a question here (UMS login required)
 Email:
uma-fdc@maine.edu

IN-PERSON LIVE SUPPORT: 
UMA Augusta Campus,  Katz 208:  Mo - Fri, 10 am-4:00 pm
UMA Bangor campus, 228 Belfast Hall: T-Th, 10 am - 4 pm

VIRTUAL LIVE SUPPORT: 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Desire to Learn (D2L) will replace Blackboard in 2020

desire to learn
Some of the key features of the Desire2Learn Brightspace platform that will benefit the University include:

  • Flexible features to meet our shared goals and unique campus needs
  • Modern, accessible, mobile-friendly interface that is easy to use
  • Stable platform where updates are provided seamlessly, without downtime
  • Flexible tools and apps that are easy to add and configure
  • Learning analytics tools instructors can use to track engagement with courses
    Read more

UMA Faculty Development Center

The Faculty Development Center is your one-stop shop for faculty and staff seeking assistance virtually or in person with distance teaching, student engagement at a distance, implementation or use of educational technology. 

We are here for you to answer questions on technology in teaching, troubleshoot Blackboard or Kaltura, explore tech tools to suit your needs, and help you align the design of your online learning assets to your teaching goals.

Faculty Services we offer:

Blackboard, Zoom and Kaltura Support

Blackboard, Zoom and Kaltura help you make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls by breathing life into educational content. They are empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner. We are here to support beginning as well as advanced users of these tools. In addition to individualized support, we also maintain tutorials on our website on Blackboard, Kaltura and Zoom


Lunch & Learn sessions and Workshops

Faculty Development Center facilitates a series of Lunch & Learn sessions and workshops throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty. Workshops have generally a more hands-on, applied component to explore features and functionality of a certain educational technology tool.


Course Design Analysis

Per faculty individual request, we will examine your course materials in Blackboard or others that you provide, and complete an analysis based on evidence-based practices in teaching and learning. We do not make evaluative judgments on quality of instruction, nor do we share the results of the analysis with anyone else, unless you ask us to do so. We will simply provide you with a list of highlights that we think you should keep doing, and some suggested edits for improving your course design. You are under no obligation to make the suggested changes. Ask us for a Course Design Analysis at any time for any one or more of your courses. We are also happy to focus on only one particular aspect of your class. Take a look at the Course Design Review rubric we may use with you.

Instructional Design

Are you planning a new course or teaching a course for the first time? Let us help you plan your course effectively and efficiently using the Backwards Design process. We will meet with you one or more times to help you to establish clear and measurable learning objectives, assessments to measure those outcomes, and a plan for instruction. We will help you make the best use of the learning modality you will be using, whether traditional face-to-face, hybrid, videoconference, ITV, or online. See our outline on Course Design for more information.

Tech Exploration

Are you up on all the latest technology tools available today? Of course not! With technology changing so fast and more tools becoming available all the time, it's difficult to stay up to date. Let us do the work for you! Bring us the instructional challenge, and we will help to find just the right technological solution. Are you interested in exploring a new tool you've discovered? Let us know and we will take a deep dive with you.

A valuable list of links and sites for all faculty.


Weekly QuickTips

Sign up for these short weekly nuggets in your inbox. Each QuickTip features just one idea or tool, taking less than 3 minutes to read and enjoy, while giving you ongoing ideas for what's out there.

Subscribe here to get these Weekly QuickTips delivered to your inbox.


Academic Technology Webinars

Academic Technology Mini-Webinars Every Tuesday at noon, we will host a mini-webinar in Zoom to explore a different academic technology and how it can be used by students and...