What would you like to do?

I'm a new instructor who needs to set up a course for the first time.

We have plenty of resources for new instructors. Becoming familiar with Blackboard is a good starting point.

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I'm looking for ways to add technology to a course I already teach.

Check out our Toolkits to learn about ways you can enhance your courses and connect with students through technology.

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I'm designing a new blended or fully online course and need help.

You've come to the right place! Check out our Guides section for best practices in online course design.

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Not sure where to start?

You can find different types of information on course design and delivery throughout this site.


Browse our course design guides to learn best practices and download resources that help you design a new course or remodel an existing online, hybrid, or face-to-face one.


Browse our toolkits to select the right tools for the job, whether its adding media-rich materials to your course, connecting with students online, or designing engaging assignments.


Discover teaching and learning tools that are available to faculty and students at USM, how-to guides for using them, and resources for ongoing support.


Stay up to date with current trends in teaching by reading showcase articles written by your colleagues and CTEL's Learning Designers. We're always looking for new contributors, so let us know if you have something to say!


Whatever question is burning in your brain, there's a good chance someone has asked it before. Our FAQs list many of the most common queries we receive, accompanied by clear answers and instructions.

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