Archives—September 2015


Sarah Blum

10633369_1528045247438534_721851226586739061_oSarah is working to achieve a Computer Network and System Administration major
with a Psychology minor.  She has been working for the Center for Teaching and
Learning for a year.  Outside of education Sarah likes hanging out with friends, fixing
computers, and walking dogs.  She is a member of Intervarsity, National Leading
Scholars Social Planning Committee and volunteers at her church.




October

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning schedules events for faculty and instructional staff to provide opportunities to learn new instructional strategies and tools and meet colleagues from other departments.

Coffee Chat -The Future of iClickers (10/1): Student response systems continue to evolve, and many (including iClicker) are moving toward replacing dedicated devices with phone or tablet apps. These apps offer new tools for instructors and students and potentially lower costs, but reliability and the potential distraction caused by the device is of concern to many.  In this session, we’ll discuss the changes iClicker is making and look at some app-based products that have already been piloted on campus.  Our goal: gather input about whether/when a change in (or addition to?)  the campus standard is appropriate.  All clicker-using instructors are encouraged to attend! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Wednesday,  September 30.  Join us for this event on Thursday, October 1 from 3:30 to 4:30pmClick here to register.

Lunch and Learn — Jackson Blended Learning Grant Showcase (10/13): In January 2015, through a generous gift from William G. Jackson, the CTL awarded $1000, $5000 and $10,000 grants to teams of instructors for blended learning projects at Michigan Tech. This luncheon will showcase these grant projects, which include ways to share and organize blended learning content items,  flipped-classrooms, and even a  new online course. Participants will be invited to explore the work funded by these grants prior to the luncheon and then select facilitators for further conversation.  The goal is to encourage participants to use blended techniques in their classes. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, October 9. Join us for this event on Tuesday, October 13 from noon to 1:00pmClick here to register.

Pedagogical Workshop  Fostering Productive Group Dynamics in Instruction (10/20): Due to the positive response of the CTL’s 2013 Great Groups Lunch and Learn event, the CTL collaborated with Sonia Goltz and Roger Woods from the School of Business and Economics to develop and deliver this workshop for Michigan Tech instructors and staff. This workshop is ideal for those who support students in team projects—in courses or other contexts. Workshop participants will learn about group development and explore strategies for setting expectations and holding team members accountable. Note: To make the most of this workshop experience, you will be asked to complete a video and quiz pre-assignment in Canvas before attending this workshop.  Join us for this event on Tuesday, October 20 from 1:30pm to 3:00pmClick here to register.

Coffee Chat  University Goal 3: Global Literacy (10/22): 

Join the Global Literacy Goal Committee for a Q&A on the goal#3 rubric, discuss alternative pathways to global literacy, and talk about issues & opportunities for introducing global literacy in your program curriculum. While the primary audience is degree program curriculum committee members, anyone interested in the topic is welcome to join the discussion.Hosted by the goal committee for University Student Learning Goal 3: Global Literacy. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Wednesday,  October 21.  Join us for this event on Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 to 4:30pmClick here to register.