Center for Teaching Excellence
The University of Maryland's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is an initiative of the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Their purpose is to support the campus-wide efforts to enhance and reform undergraduate education and to offer tangible assistance to individual faculty and TAs as well as to the departments and colleges in which they work.
Classroom Support Pilot Project
The Classroom Support Project, developed and supported by the Teaching Facilities Committee, is a program to create a system for the maintenance and support of University of Maryland College Park lecture halls and general-purpose classrooms. The program combines the efforts of the Office of Information Technology, the Scheduling Office, the Colleges and Schools, and Operations and Maintenance. A Classroom Support Operations Commitee (CSOC) solicits faculty input and feedback in determining classroom needs, and provides a multi-tiered system of technolgy support. The CSOC is chaired by Krista Carter, representing the Office of the Registrar, who should be contacted with any questions about the committee or its agenda.
At the University, we strive to provide our faculty with the tools they need to transform lectures and learning. The Teaching Theaters support this goal by providing faculty and students with technology-rich interactive facilities designed to enhance teaching and learning in a collaborative environment. The Teaching Theaters can also support the needs of campus researchers providing the necessary equipment and/or environment to collect data. There are four Teaching Theaters around campus equipped with the hardware and software to support the faculty's varied instructional goals from Internet-based simulations to distance education. During an average semester, these four facilities support more than 60 courses with approximately 1,500-1,800 students.
OIT Faculty Services
The Office of Information Technology is strongly committed to helping faculty use information technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research. To that end, services and resources are available to facilitate collaboration and communication between faculty, students, and peers, to enrich the learning experience in physical and online environments, to streamline administrative activities, and to foster professional development opportunities. In addition to the support provided by OIT staff in these areas, faculty in many colleges also have access to IT support personnel within their colleges and, in some cases, departments.