Initiatives: USM OnTrack

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted how courses and programs are being offered and how faculty and students are engaging in teaching and learning. Moreover, the pandemic is likely to have a far-reaching impact on student mobility and institutional operations going forward. To be prepared for the fall 2020 semester as well as the post-COVID-19 world, USM institutions must adapt both their technology infrastructure use and teaching methods to produce optimally effective learning environments—whether online, face-to-face, or some combination of both.

The Kirwan Center and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) are partnering to help build institutional capacity to meet these needs. USM OnTrack, is working with provosts, teaching and learning center directors, instructional designers, and academic technology professionals across USM institutions to support and assess the expansion of high-quality learning into fall 2020, with an eye toward sustaining and building upon these improvements into the future.

For more information about this partnership, see the USM OnTrack press release.

See below for information about USM OnTrack's Direct Support to Campuses and additional Online Teaching Resources.

Read the Final Report published May 2021. 

For more information on the USM's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:

Our Work in USM OnTrack

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June 26, 2020

Since March 2020, the Kirwan Center has been assessing the USM institutions’ needs in order to make a successful pivot to more effective online learning.  USM OnTrack is responding to the identified needs generated by the immediate COVID-19 crisis with a variety of direct supports to the campuses.

September 17, 2021

Resources posted here are focused on supporting faculty, teaching and learning centers, and higher education instructional designers as our institutions plan for face-to-face, online, and hybrid/hyflex teaching. These pages will be checked and updated periodically.