Month: September 2018


CTL INSTRUCTIONAL AWARD PRESENTATION SERIES – Cécile Piret:  “3D Printing for Mathematics Education” (Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

In the second presentation of our fall award series, Cécile Piret, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, will discuss her use of 3-D printing techniques to visualize multivariable functions in teaching Calculus 3.  Her innovative approach has illustrated mathematical concepts that can be studied in unique and practical ways and was recognized as part of the Dean’s Teaching Showcase. Formal recognition of this award for Innovative and Out of Class Teaching will follow her presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you might innovate your own teaching, and recognize Cécile’s success!  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, October 8, 2018  Click here to register.


Buried in grading? While students can’t grade each other, one possible way to reduce your grading load is to separate formative feedback from grading. When provided with the right resources, there’s evidence that students can provide excellent feedback and simultaneously deepen their own learning too. This “peer review” technique isn’t just limited to papers and reports, but can be used for homework of virtually all types. In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore when peer review can work well, when it should be avoided, and how to optimize learning. Lunch will be available for those who register by Friday, October 12, 2018.  Click here to register.

FEATURED WORKSHOP – TEACHING DESIGN THINKING:  THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION (Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin, Stanford’s  (Friday, October 19, 2018, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

New technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality are changing our lives — in positive, negative and often unanticipated ways — at a pace far greater than previous technological revolutions. Stanford’s “” focuses on teaching “design-abilities” that help students (and all of us!) to be active participants in the challenges and opportunities ahead with the advancement of these new – and still to come – technologies.

In this interactive session, you will have an opportunity to learn some of the design skills and mindsets taught by Leticia Britos Cavaagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin, educational innovators from the “”.

This workshop is sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series (VPLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Provost’s Office from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Tuesday, October 16, 2018.   Click here to register.


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.