September

LUNCH AND LEARN – From Extrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation (Tuesday, September 18, Noon-1:00 pm)

Michigan Tech students are busier than ever before, and instructors often feel compelled to grade homework or other items to make sure students do them. But some worry that this kind of extrinsic motivation can promote “routine expertise” and actually reduce self-motivation and interest. Please join us for this luncheon workshop as we explore ways to carefully use extrinsic motivators to develop “adaptive expertise” and a sense of connection to build students’ intrinsic motivation. Lunch will be available to those who register by Friday, September 14, 2018.   Click here to register.

CTL INSTRUCTIONAL AWARD PRESENTATION SERIES – John Irwin:  “Assessment, and Testing, and Grading… Oh My!” (Thursday, September 20, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

In the first presentation of our new fall award series, Dr. John Irwin, Program Chair in Mechanical Engineering Technology, will share his experience improving student learning through evaluation and assessment methods used in the classroom, leading accreditation efforts within his discipline, and as a leader in advancing University Assessment. Following his presentation, he’ll be recognized with the 2018 CTL Instructional Award for Curriculum Development and Assessment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, September 17, 2018.  Click here to register.

STEM Education Research Workshop by Dr. Karl Smith  (Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:00 am – Noon)

Karl Smith, one of the people who helped start the Engineering Education PhD program at Purdue University, will be on site to be inducted into the new Academy for Engineering Education Leadership. He has graciously agreed to offer a workshop for those at Michigan Tech interested in educational research in STEM fields. The session is designed both for those who have some experience and those just looking to get started. He brings over 30 years’ experience working with faculty to redesign courses to improve student learning, with a focus on cooperative learning, problem formulation, modeling, and knowledge engineering. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from his vast expertise! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, September 24, 2018 Click here to register.

 

 


April

LUNCH AND LEARN – Large Classes, New Models  (Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Noon-1:00 pm)

As students expect increasingly interactive classrooms, the traditional large lecture is being challenged by several new large-class models, some of which have already been implemented at Tech. In this flipped faculty-development workshop, participants will be asked to watch video summaries of three such innovations, then choose one or more for further discussion with the facilitators and instructors involved. The session will also include a very brief introduction to some of the technologies available for those considering new models. Lunch will be available for those who register by Friday, April 13, 2018.   Click here to register.



March

COFFEE CHAT – Classroom Technology  (Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

Results on Michigan Tech’s annual IT satisfaction survey have climbed in recent years in almost all areas.  One notable exception is instructors’ persistently “meh” ratings with regard to classroom technology.  In this Coffee Chat, we would like to develop an understanding of the reasons for those ratings, and the expectations of instructors.  Members of IT and a new task force being formed by the Provost charged to better connect instructors with teaching spaces that work for them will be in attendance.  Come and share your thoughts about how classrooms should evolve! Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Monday, February 26thClick here to register.

LUNCH AND LEARN – “Yes, And…” Thinking: Can Improv Inform the Learner-Centered Classroom?  (Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Noon-1:00 pm)

The seminal work in improvisational theater by Viola Spolin in the 1960’s is now being used in educational consulting by groups like The Second City.  In this workshop, participants, led by Trish Helsel from Visual and Performing Arts with the help of Mike Meyer, will consider how some of the same ideas can be applied in the higher-ed classroom.  We’ll explore how teachers and students can use techniques from improve to “co-create” lessons.  We’ll also practice some improvisational games that will stretch your creativity, improve your ability to react spontaneously, and almost certainly make you laugh! Lunch will be available to those who register by Friday, March 23rdClick here to register.

COFFEE CHAT – Goal 3 Global Literacy Grant Award Presentation (Thursday, March 29, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

Last spring, faculty were invited to submit proposals for a grant to enhance global literacy in undergraduate courses. The grant was made available to support faculty efforts to introduce or edify global literacy content in innovative, effective, and measurable ways. Grant recipients Alex Mayer and John Gierke (GMES) will present their approach for introducing and assessing global literacy in an upper-level engineering course.  We hope you will join us! Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Monday, March 26thClick here to register.


February

COFFEE CHAT – Explore, Engage, Evolve: Tools for Assisting Students Through Their Career Journey  (Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

Career Services is entering a new era with innovative programming and services provided for students and their career journey. As part of this transformation, collaboration across campus, especially with faculty, is key. The impact instructors have on student planning and decision-making is critical, but is it intentional? Come hear about the newest initiatives, national recruiting trends and how a collaboration between faculty and career services can benefit student motivation and career readiness. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, February 9th. Click here to register.

LUNCH AND LEARN – ZOOM:  In and Out of the Classroom  (Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Noon – 1:00 pm)

Everyone at Michigan Tech has a Zoom account. This videoconferencing application offers some interesting instructional possibilities. From virtual office hours, to remote industry experts, to student-to-student collaborations, we’ll help you identify ways to leverage Zoom in your classes, and raise awareness of some potential new challenges.  Bring your laptop to this session to learn the basics of Zoom and see how others are using it! Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, February 16thClick here to register.

COFFEE CHAT – Revised Goal 4 Rubric: Critical and Creative Thinking  (Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 2:00-4:00PM)

Please join the Goal 4 Committee for an introduction to the revised and expanded Goal 4 rubric. Attendees will also have an opportunity to practice applying the rubric to varied forms of student artifacts. The intended audience for the event includes degree-program curriculum committee members and assessment coordinators, General Education faculty, and anyone interested in the evolution of our eight USLGs and/or their assessment. We hope you will join us!  Light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, February 23rdClick here to register.
NOTE: Please contact Jean DeClerck at 487-3041 if you have any questions about this event.

 

 


January

LUNCH AND LEARN: Teaching Fast and Slow Thinkers  (Thursday, January 25, 2018, Noon – 1:00 pm)

Daniel Kahneman’s 2013 book titled “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is one of many recent books that explore how both unconscious and conscious systems are involved in thinking and learning.  In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some implications of this “dual processing” for the classroom, acknowledging differences between expert and novice approaches to problems, the selective nature of attention, and strategies to help students examine the accuracy of intuition. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, January 22Click here to register.


November

LUNCH AND LEARN: Teaching Gen Z and Millennials – Entitlement or Just Changing Expectations?  (Thursday, November 9, 2017, Noon – 1:00 pm)

Whatever you call the current generation of 18-22 year old college students, there’s a sense that they bring different expectations to the classroom. In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some research about whether and how “students these days” really are different compared with previous generations.  We’ll also share and discuss ways to best acknowledge, address, and even use those differences to improve learning. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, November 6Click here to register.

CTL INSTRUCTIONAL AWARD PRESENTATION SERIES: Glen Archer, 2017 Large Class Teaching Award, “Large Sections: Scaling without Compromise….Mostly….” (Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm)

In this third and final presentation of our new fall award series, Glen Archer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering will share tips, tricks and tools that he has used to engage and inspire both undergraduates in his large “Circuits-for-Muggles” course and graduate teaching assistants working in large enrollment labs.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success! Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Wednesday, November 29.  Click here to register.


October

CTL INSTRUCTIONAL PRESENTATION SERIES: Don Lafreniere, 2017 Innovative and Out of Class Teaching Award Recipient (Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm)

In the second presentation of our new fall award series, Don Lafreniere, Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS in the Department of Social Sciences, will discuss his innovative approaches to engaging students in medium and large classes.  ‘Dr. Don’ will highlight his integration of web tools, response systems, and docu-games to engage students in large survey courses.  He will then lead participants outside where he will demonstrate his use of mobile geospatial technologies to engage students in understanding human-environment interactions and urban development. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or cell phone for the outdoor activity if they have one available. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, October 9. Click here to register.    [Note: Part of this event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, so please bring a jacket.]

LUNCH AND LEARN:  Note Taking – How Do I Get Students to Take Notes and Learn from Them? (Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Noon-1:00 pm)

Many instructors express concern about a perceived decline in note taking during class. This issue is compounded by questions about whether lecture capture and posting of notes before or after class might discourage the behavior even further.  In this luncheon workshop, we’ll examine best practices, both for students and instructors, as they relate to note taking and distribution.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, October 13. Click here to register.

COFFEE CHAT:  Perusing the Past, Planning the Future (Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 3:30-4:30 pm)

At this Coffee Chat, we’ll review past coffee chat and luncheon topics and the resources still available. We’ll then brainstorm topics for future sessions, and discuss ideas under consideration to help the CTL continue to get feedback necessary to plan development activities for instructors in areas that are most needed.  Please join us and let your voice be heard! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, October 30. Click here to register.

 

 


September

LUNCH AND LEARN:  Office Hours – How Do I Get Students to Attend and Be Most Effective when They Do? (Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Noon-1:00 pm)

As students expect more “personalized learning”, office hours are an increasingly important place to address questions, offer alternative resources, and hear student feedback.  Yet many instructors find they rarely have student visitors, regardless of the number of times they make invitation.  In this luncheon workshop, we’ll examine how to break down barriers to attendance and use time efficiently and effectively when students do attend.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, September 15. Click here to register.

GUEST SPEAKER: Martin Ford – Artificial Intelligence and Industry Trends (Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:30-2:30, Rozsa Center Stage)

Career Services and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts are bringing Futurist Martin Ford to campus. The author of the New York Times Bestseller “Rise of the Robots” will “shed new light on the nature of work and education and the value of human capabilities in the 21st century.” In addition to sessions aimed at students (“Pasties and Robots” at Noon) and the general public (“Disruptive Technologies: Do Robots Want Your Job?” at 7:30 PM), Martin will host this discussion specifically tailored to instructors on the Rozsa stage. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring your questions about industry trends, artificial intelligence, and personalized learning.  Space is limited. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.  Click here to register.

CTL INSTRUCTIONAL PRESENTATION SERIES: Tara Bal, 2017 Curriculum and Development Award Recipient (Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am)

In the first presentation of our new fall award series, Dr. Tara Bal, Research Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, will share the story of how she recognized a need for a new course, built support within the department, and developed and revised a very successful interdisciplinary online course.  Following her presentation, Tara will be recognized with the 2017 CTL Award for Curriculum Development.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize her success!  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, September 22. Click here to register.

COFFEE CHAT:  Rubrics and Responsibility (Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:30-4:30 pm)

Good teaching is often associated with clear expectations, and students increasingly want to know what they need to do to be successful. In support, instructors are increasingly asked to define objectives, create grading rubrics, and provide scaffolding as students learn. Simultaneously, most instructors hold independent learning as an ultimate goal, and therefore drive students toward self-assessment. In this conversation, we’ll share ways to advance the progression from “listen-and-regurgitate” to content ownership without overstressing students. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, September 25. Click here to register.


April and May

LUNCH AND LEARN:  Student-Created Videos as Assignments (Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Noon-1:00 pm)

Video has become a mainstream way of delivering content on Michigan Tech’s campus as instructors record small lectures, demonstrate homework solutions, and share interesting YouTube clips. Since students increasingly have the ability to record videos, some instructors have begun making assignments that require students to submit videos. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to use student-created video to build class community, ensure academic integrity, and provide richer communication. We’ll consider tools and assignments that allow students to submit video introductions, homework solutions, presentations, field experiences, and questions, as well as other more creative projects.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, April 7. Click here to register.

UPPER PENINSULA TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE:  (Friday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

The first annual Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference (UP-TLC) will be held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI on Friday, May 5th, with a pre-conference workshop to be held on Thursday, May 4th.  We hope to attract more than 100 university educators from UP universities and colleges for presentations on higher education teaching best practice and networking. Four tracks of sessions will be held concurrently, with a focus on: Active Learning, Assessment, Online Learning, and Other Issues in Higher Ed Teaching.  Session presenters are outstanding teachers who have been recruited by the staff of the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning at Michigan Tech and the Northern Michigan University Center for Teaching and Learning.  The keynote address, “Dynamic Lecturing”, will be presented by Dr. Christine Harrington, Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching at Middlesex Community College and the author of Student Success in College: Doing What Works. Please click here for more information on the conference and registration.  Registration closes on Friday, April 28, 2017.