Services, Programs, and Resources
We invite all members of the Brandeis teaching community to take advantage of our services and programs as a piece of their own ongoing faculty development. Taking an intentional approach to the improvement of teaching can model effective learning practices for students, and it affirms our commitment to the pursuit of inclusive teaching, learning and research that benefit students and society.
These services, programs, and resources are the result of an innovative collaboration among Brandeis faculty, staff and students that aligns teaching support directly with Brandeis University Learning Goals, Core Learning Goals, Core Values, and The Framework for the Future.
For Individuals, Departments, Schools, Programs and Staff: Available upon request, and tailored to your needs and interests. Contact CTL@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8322.
- Provost's Teaching Innovation Grants have multiple and rolling deadlines to support projects that promote new and evidence-based practices and scholarship of teaching and learning. See past awards.
- Short-term Grants to Support Teaching Innovation and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning have a rolling application deadline and can support short-term teaching innovations as well as presentations about teaching and learning at conferences that focus on higher education teaching/learning.
- External Grants to Support Teaching may also be useful to explore.
The Library, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Brandeis Counseling Center and Student Accessibility Services collaborate with faculty, staff, and student colleagues to offer events and resources that focus on inclusive teaching.
Consider and apply evidence-based teaching/learning practices and develop or revise syllabi, readings and assignments for a course, over multiple days in the winter and summer months.
The CTL's Instructional Technology team offers consultations on pedagogical approaches for using the Brandeis learning management system (LATTE) and the LATTE Shell. We also offer workshops and training on instructional technologies, and advise on best practices for incorporating software and academic technologies including VoiceThread, HSP, Voyant, Twine, and Perusall.
The Learning Design Team provides learning design support for online, hybrid, and in-person teaching, following evidence-based best practices for inclusive and equitable design. Our team can help you: solve teaching or learning challenges using design approaches; design online, blended, or technology-integrated courses or learning activities; trouble-shoot remote teaching and learning challenges; transform face-to-face learning experiences to online or blended modalities; or provide customized professional development for integrating online learning into your teaching
CTL Mentors and staff offer confidential mentoring on teaching and career development. They maintain confidentiality as recommended in the POD Network Ethical Guidelines for faculty development. Your interactions with CTL Mentors and staff are not reported or shared. They are for formative purposes only, and are not connected to promotion or tenure review. If you wish, you may document your interactions as evidence of your own teaching development for later use in your promotion portfolio. Sign up to meet a mentor, or contact CTL at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-736-8322.
Your students’ feedback during the early part of the course can help you identify small course adjustments that will improve their learning and engagement. Brandeis' Midcourse Feedback webpage highlights further benefits and explains how to gather student comments anonymously through LATTE. This feedback will be shared with you alone and will not be used in any formal evaluation of your teaching effectiveness. A CTL colleague or CTL Mentor can review your students’ feedback and your plan for responding to it. Please contact them at CTL@brandeis.edu or sign up here for a confidential consultation.
The Committee on Teaching, Learning and Assessment advises that all Brandeis University syllabi must be accessible and must provide Important Brandeis Policies and Resources. See the CTL’s Brandeis University Syllabus webpage for additional resources. Brandeis University Syllabus resources.
The CTL recognizes the instructional support that students provide in the classroom. We collaborate with CTL Partners and faculty to provide a required TA Training and additional optional teaching development. For more information, see the Teaching Assistants and Course Assistants webpage.
CTL Mentors as well as trained student observers are available to observe your class and offer confidential feedback for formative purposes only. This service adheres to confidentiality guidelines in the POD Network Ethical Guidelines statement and is not connected to reviews for promotion or tenure. Request peer mentoring or a class observation.