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 d.school)  (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 “d.school” 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 “d.school”.

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.