Teaching Tools

Whether teaching online, on campus, or virtually, Blackboard and its integrated applications should be a part of your teaching toolkit. Please visit our information for Summer 2021 area for details about GPS Blackboard this summer. For those teaching graduate courses on campus, we are pleased to provide information for transitioning to GPS Blackboard for Fall 2021, including instructions on how to copy past semester’s materials into your Fall 2021 course site. Blackboard “how-to guides” for faculty, and additional information on other teaching tools that are integrated with Blackboard (i.e., Zoom, Gradescope) are also available

Trainings and Workshops

GPS supports the design, development, and facilitation of online courses at UMass Lowell. In addition to our Introduction to Online Teaching with Blackboard Trainings for instructors, we are planning to offer future workshops covering topics related to online course design and development, and online teaching. We also provide technical training and support for all instructors using GPS Blackboard. To support the transition of graduate on-campus classes to GPS Blackboard, will be offering Drop-in Sessions in July and August for faculty who need help with copying their course materials for Fall 21 or anything else related to Blackboard.

Faculty Resources

Please click on the Faculty Resources dropdown above to find answers to questions you may have about your teaching in GPS.  The following link: getting started teaching with GPS provides the link for acknowledging your teaching assignment for each semester you teach, as well as instructions on where to send your syllabus and resume. You can also find information about ordering textbooks, how to submit a grade change, request permission numbers for students , and information on submitting an Academic Services Referral for a student.

Technical and Online Course Support

The GPS Online Learning and Faculty Development Team are here to help with online course design and development support, and online teaching with Blackboard issues.