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Teaching at UMSL



Teaching at UMSL

Who You're Teaching

UMSL students are some of the most dedicated you will find. The majority are working to support themselves and pay tuition. Because of this, many UMSL students commute to campus for a few courses and then return home, but the addition of on-campus housing has changed this some.

Students often choose UMSL to finish up degrees started at other universities or at a different point in their lives so if you teach a 3000-level course, up to 70% could be transfer students (many transfer students come in with Junior-level status). Please encourage students to build connections on campus. These might be group projects, assignments that require library research, office hours right after class, student organizations, etc. We want UMSL to be a destination campus where our students feel welcomed and appreciated. 



UMSL Recommendations

Grading and Feedback

Providing regular, specific feedback on student work is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. For secure and convenient assignment submission and communication of grades, UMSL recommend using the MyGateway Grade Center. The Grade Center is an online spreadsheet of student work that allows you to manage student uploads, grades, and personal feedback. It's also compliant with the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) which protects student data. Every course at UMSL has a MyGateway environment where you can create assignments and receive submissions. Below are some tutorials to get you started with Grade Center. If you have any questions or want to learn about advanced features, contact the Faculty Resource Center (listed in the Faculty Supports section below).

Grade Center Resources for Faculty
Organizing Columns in Grade Center (video)
Creating a New Column in Grade Center (video)
Creating a Calculated Total Column in Grade Center (video)
Creating a Calculated Average Column in Grade Center (video)
Creating a Calculated Minimum-Maximum Column in Grade Center (video)
Using Grade Center's 'Work Offline' Feature to Keep Grades in Excel (video)
How to Drop the Lowest Grade from a Group of Assignments in Grade Center (video)


Policies

Academic Dishonesty: Frequently Asked Questions. (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate School, Phone: 314-516-5900 and Coordinator, Academic Programs/Records-Undergraduate, Academic Affairs, Phone: 314-516-5304)


Maintaining a Positive Work and Learning Environment (Division of Student Affairs, Phone: 314-516-5211)


Sexual Harassment (Office of Equal Opportunity, Phone: 314-516-4252)

FERPA, Grades and Maintaining Confidentialityy (Office of Registrar, Phone: 314-516-5545)
MyView Faculty and Student Records

Campus Closing Information (Office of the Chancellor, Phone: 314-516-5252)

Student Advocate (Phone: 314-516-5304)



Faculty Supports

Center for Teaching and Learning
519 Lucas Hall
Phone: 314-516-4508
Email
Website
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a division of the Office of Academic Affairs, supports the professional development of those who teach and learn at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Our goals - to promote engagement in courses, on campus, and in the community - enhance the University as we align our activities, services, and consultations with the campus goals to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service. We offer individual faculty consultations as well as numerous programs and events.

Faculty Resource Center
105 Express Scripts Hall
Phone: 314-516-6704
Email
Website
The Faculty Resource Center (FRC) is a division of Information Technology Services (ITS). Our mission is to support faculty, Teaching Assistants (TA’s), graduate students and administrative staff through the use of technology. By introducing new tools, integrating technology to meet teaching and learning objectives and implementing strategies to help users achieve maximum results, our services strengthen teaching and learning with technology as part of UMSL's mission to bring quality education to the community. The FRC can help with the ins-and-outs of anything related to Blackboard or the other educational technologies supported by UMSL.

Instructional Support Services
103 Social Sciences Building
Phone: 314-516-6852
Email 
Website 
Instructional Support Services (ISS) is a division of Information Technology Services whose aim is to provide support to all open classrooms and computing labs on campus; train faculty, staff, and students on various aspects of the technology in these rooms; as well as to provide quality assurance to ensure that the technology in these rooms serve the campus community to the best of their ability. IS always strives to stay current with technology, classroom and lab room design, and study space design to create the optimal learning environment and college experience. ISS can support anything you want to do in the classroom and troubleshoot any classroom problems you experience.



Student Supports

Career Services
Website
278 Millennium Student Center | Phone: 314-516-5111

Counseling Services
Website
131 Millennium Student Center | Phone: 314-516-5711

Disability Access Services
Website
144 Millennium Student Services I Phone: 314-516-6554

Gateway for Online and Adult Learners (GOAL)
Website
308 SSB Tower | Phone: 314-516-4211

Institutional Safety
Website
Campus Police Building on North Campus | Phone: 314-516-5155

Math and Writing Academic Center
222 Social Science Building | Phone: 314-516-6863

Writing Center website

Math Lab website

Multicultural Student Services
Website
107 Lucas Hall | Phone: 314-516-6807

NetTutor
Website
The University currently pays for an online tutoring service called Netutor. It is free and available to all UMSL students. This service can be accessed by logging into MyGateway and accessing the Blackboard Tools menu in the current courses.

Student Social Services
Website
131 Millennium Student Center | Phone: 314-516-6369

Student Retention Services
Website
225 Millennium Student Center | Phone: 314-516-5300

UMSL Veterans Center
Website
211 Clark Hall | Phone: 314-516-5705

Victim Advocate
131 Millennium Student Center-Health | Phone 314-516-5711