Shift to Teaching and Learning Initiative

The resources on this page are still available to you. But, the Center has been renamed – The Teaching and Learning Initiative, or TLI. To find resources from TLI, you can log in to the TLI course design workshop at

or go to the TLI community web site (cws) at


Five College Blended Learning and Digital Humanities Mixer

Announcing Our Student Fellowship Mixer!
Happy October from 5CollBL/DH! We’re excited to share the news of this year’s Student Fellowship Mixer. We welcome faculty working in DH and undergraduate students in the Five Colleges curious about our 2019-2020 Digital Humanities Fellowship to come mingle and learn about what the fellowship program has to offer. The mixer is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Five Colleges, Inc. (97 Spring St, Amherst). Please share widely in your circles and with any undergraduate students in the Five Colleges you think might be interested in attending.

L. Dee Fink’s Guide to Course Design

Fink Alignment Diagram

This self directed guide for course design by L. Dee Fink is excerpted from his  his book “Creating Significant Learning Experiences,” which you can read online. The guide has a fair amount of background that makes a case for backwards design. Toward the back of the guide there are worksheets to help you plan your course in a way that keeps your learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and your assessment aligned.


3 Tips for the Minute Before Class

A brief  video from the Chronicle of Higher Education for the minutes before class:

1) Chat with students

2) Post the agenda

3) Create wonder

These tips are taken from “Small Changes in Teaching” by James Lang. There are more tips and info here.