Category Archives: Events

October

UDL Workshops: EquatIO- Making Math Digital and More Accessible

Learn how EquatIO provides tools to create digital math expressions that are more accessible to all learners. Math expressions used is STEM courses are commonly presented as images in documents or web pages.  These can be difficult to interpret for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia, and those who use assistive technology.  We’ll review the features of the EquatIO toolbar including the AI prediction supported equation editor, the LaTeX editor and conversion options, the handwriting and speech input tools, the Desmos graphing calculator, the EquatIO mobile input option, and the amazing and powerful screenshot reader. See how EquatIO provides learners options for how they interact with math expressions, allowing them to create, edit and listen to math in new ways to support their learning.

This workshop will be held:
Tuesday October 1, 2019. 10AM – 11AM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Monday October 7, 2019. 3:30PM -4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

UDL Workshops: Ally- Helping Make Course Content More Accessible

See how Ally indicators provide a visual status of your course files and how to access and implement Ally guidance to improve access.  Learn about common accessibility issues like scanned and untagged PDF’s, missing headings, and alternative descriptions and how to fix these issues in your course materials.  See how Ally’s course accessibility report provides an overview of course accessibility issues and helps you prioritize planned improvements. This workshop is a great chance to get answers to your most pressing course accessibility questions. This workshop will be held in Library 242.

October dates for this workshop are:
Thursday October 3, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Wednesday October 9, 2019. 3:30PM – 4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

CTL Coffee Chat: Quality Online Learning at Michigan Tech

Online education offerings are increasingly scrutinized for quality; often more so than typical on-campus courses. While some requirements are external, on a basic level, meeting these expectations is also in the best interest of students enrolled in our online offerings. These requirements
also provide the best opportunity to ensure that we, as a university, present our expertise in the best possible light, and demonstrate our commitment to high quality education regardless of delivery method. Please join us to discuss how Michigan Tech is working to ensure the quality of online education and bring any questions that you have regarding online teaching, new qualifications, and the online course review process. Please use this link to register by September 27, 2019.

Jackson CTL: Choosing and Using Media

A variety of presentation media are now available in – or can be brought into – almost every classroom.  In this workshop, we’ll consider best practices for using common media.  We’ll also examine the advantages and disadvantages of several different classroom media across a number of educational dimensions with an eye toward optimizing the information conveyed.
Please use this link  to register for the October 17, 2019 lunch and learn

 

CTL Instructional Award Presentation Series

In the first presentation of our fall award series, we’ll hear from two of our four 2019 instructional award winners. Dr. John Jaszczak, Professor of Physics and Interim Chemistry Chair, will share his extensive experiences using a variety of methods of full-class assessment of learning in large classes. Dr. Tim Schulz, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering will then share his outstanding progress in online course curriculum and learning tool development. Following each presentation, we’ll recognize them with the 2019 CTL Award for Assessment (John) and Curriculum Development (Tim). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize two important contributors to Tech’s teaching mission!
Please use this link to register for the October 22, 2019 coffee chat

 

 


September

Lunch and Learn: Tuning Up Your Course Content

Busy students value options for how they “consume” their course materials. Having options can improve the usability, accessibility, and flexibility of materials. This approach aligns with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of providing students multiple means of representation. Join us as we review two new tools available to Michigan Tech instructors that can help improve their digital course content.  You’ll see how Ally can help you identify access issues, prioritize improvements, and provide alternative formats for your students, and how EquatIO can help you create more accessible digital math. This event will be held Tuesday September 17, 2019.

Register by September 13 to reserve lunch.

UDL Workshops: Ally- Helping Make Course Content More Accessible

See how Ally indicators provide a visual status of your course files and how to access and implement Ally guidance to improve access.  Learn about common accessibility issues like scanned and untagged PDF’s, missing headings, and alternative descriptions and how to fix these issues in your course materials.  See how Ally’s course accessibility report provides an overview of course accessibility issues and helps you prioritize planned improvements. This workshop is a great chance to get answers to your most pressing course accessibility questions. This workshop will be held in Library 242.

This workshop will be held:
Tuesday September 24, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Thursday September 26, 2019. 10AM – 11AM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Thursday October 3, 2019. 2PM – 3PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.
Wednesday October 9, 2019. 3:30PM – 4:30PM in Library 242. Please use this link to register for that date.

 


August

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Orientation

New GTA’s must attend orientation on EITHER Thursday, August 29 2019 OR Friday August 30 2019 from 8:30-Noon in Rehki G05.    Each session will be limited to a total of 60 participants.  To reserve your seat, please register through one of the links below:

                  Thursday GTA Orientation (8:30-Noon, August 29)  <Use this link to register for Thursday>
                  Friday GTA Orientation (8:30-Noon, August 30)  <Use this link to register for Friday>
IMPORTANT NOTES:  
1) New GTAs who attended Michigan Tech as undergraduates may plan to arrive at their scheduled session at 9:00 AM.
 2) All international students whose first language is not English must take an English Language Assessment.  This assessment should take about 15 minutes  See the Michigan Tech Testing Center’s Language Assessment page for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Introduction to Canvas

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering an introductory workshop to orient instructors (and others who support instruction) with essential information to begin building their Canvas courses. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Navigate the Canvas Interface
  • Set user Profile and modify Notifications
  • Create a Homepage, Module, Assignment, and Quiz
  • Post Syllabus to a page

Tuesday, August 27th – 10 A.M. Use this link to register for Tuesday.
Thursday, August 29th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Thursday.

Canvas Workshop: Pages and Modules

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a workshop to familiarize instructors (and others who support instruction) with the Pages and Modules tools in Canvas and how they can best be used to support your instructional goals. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Build different kinds of Modules and Pages
  • Create a course structure using Pages and/or Modules
  • Learn how to use pre-requisites and requirements in Modules
  • Create links directly from a Page to other course content and activities
  • Embed images and videos directly onto a Canvas page

Tuesday, August 27th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 4th– 2 P.M. Use this link to register for Wednesday.
Thursday, September 5th– 10 A.M. Use this link to register for Thursday.

Canvas Workshop: Assignments and Grades in Canvas

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is offering a hands-on workshop to familiarize instructors (and others who support instruction) with the basics they need to create Assignments and Assignment Groups. These tools will build your gradebook columns and gradebook structure. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Build basic assignments and quizzes
  • Establish assignment group structure in an organized manner
  • Calculate student grades accurately and efficiently
  • Use Canvas grading features and SpeedGrader

Thursday, August 29th– 10 A.M.  Use this link to register for Thursday the 29th.
Wednesday, September 4th– 3 P.M.Use this link to register for Wednesday.
Thursday, September 5th– 1 P.M. Use this link to register for Thursday the 5th.


May

UPTLC Pre-Conference Workshop titled “Reduce Those Pesky Problem Course Areas” will be conducted by Dr. Thomas Tobin, the Keynote speaker for the 2019 UPTLC on May 9, 2019 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

The keynote address will be “Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education” on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM, by Dr. Thomas Tobin, author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education.

Registration for both Pre-Conference workshop and UPTLC conference are required. https://www.mtu.edu/ctl/teaching-development/uptlc/


April

Innovating the Tech Experience: The Tech Forward conversations emphasized the need for students to be creative, adaptable, and collaborative thinkers and problem solvers in order to prepare them for the world they will enter after graduation. The “Education for the 21st Century” working group formed through the Tech Forward initiative invites instructors to attend this luncheon event on Tuesday April 2, 2019 to explore interdisciplinary instructional collaborations that could encourage these qualities in our students. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday March 29, 2019. Click here to register.


March

Engaging and Educating Gen-Z: On Tuesday March 19, Gen-Z researcher, award-winning faculty member from Wright State Univeristy, and and Co-Author “of “Generation Z goes to College” will share with instructors and staff how expectations and preferences are changing for many of our incoming students.  Instructors who attend the keynote may also participate in facilitated conversation with the speaker, including ideas for how instruction can be adapted to better engage and connect with GenZ students. This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech Student Affairs.
Click here to register for the Keynote address at 8:30AM
Click here to register for the Facilitated Conversation Session at 11:00AM

Expo: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching, Learning and Research:
A number of instructors are already putting Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to work in their teaching and research.   This drop-in event provides everyone an opportunity to see this work already underway and interact with those involved!  Tuesday, March 26, 2:00-4:00 PM in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, East Reading Room. No registration required. A summary of this work is also available at  here.

Lunch and Learn: Follow up to the Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching, Learning and Research Expo
As a follow up to the Expo, instructors are invited to a luncheon conversation on Friday March 29 at 12 noon,  about the future of instruction with AR and VR technologies.  We’ll brainstorm what facilities, technologies, and support might best enable these new teaching tools!
Click here to register for the lunch and learn.

 

 


February

Lunch and Learn: Teaching, Learning and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Through a wide variety of programs like KEEN, Enterprise, I-Corps, and Design Thinking, an increasing number of instructors at Michigan Tech are exploring Entrepreneurial Minded Learning (EML).  While it might be tempting to think this applies only in business and engineering, instructors in a much broader set of disciplines are finding that EML improves classroom dynamics, motivation and learning.  In this flipped workshop, participants will be asked to watch short videos from Michigan Tech instructors from a variety of disciplines describing what EML is to them, how they got started, and how it has changed their teaching as well as their approach to research.  Participants will then be able to select those with whom they’d like to have a lunch discussion following a brief overview by Pavlis Honors College Assistant Dean Mary Raber.

 


January

Coffee Chat – Student Retention (Thursday, January 24, 2019, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

The retention task force formed at the request of the President, has been charged with developing strategies to improve student retention and graduation rates.  The group has been examining data and has some insights, but the focus of this chat is to hear instructors’ perspectives.  What helps retain students early in their career, and what helps them graduate?  What things put them at risk for leaving Michigan Tech?  What can we, as a University, do better to help students graduate as Huskies?  Come and share your experience and provide important input to help the task force wrap up this important work! Refreshments will be available for those who register by Monday January 21, 2019  Click here to register.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP –  Interpreting Student Feedback (Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm)

When end-of-course surveys are returned, instructors can be easily overwhelmed by the variance in ratings and comments.  When some students hated what other students loved, it can be hard to decide on a course of action, and harder still to understand students expectations.  In this luncheon session, we’ll discuss ways to productively parse student feedback and decide on a path for improvement.  Lunch will be available for those who register by Friday, January 25, 2019.   Click here to register.


December

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP –   Active Learning:  Places and Practice (Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Noon – 1:00 pm)

Many instructors have begun to implement a variety of active learning techniques. Though active learning can be done in almost any type of classroom, many people across campus have been working to expand the number of spaces more specifically designed for both high and low-tech active learning. In this lunchtime session, we’ll first explore a new resource to help connect instructors with the right space. We’ll then discuss a variety of active learning techniques and match the types of spaces that best facilitate your practice. Lunch will be available for those who register by Monday, December 3, 2018.   Click here to register.


November

COFFEE CHAT:  The Changing Textbook Market (Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

Several publishers have recently introduced new textbook purchasing models in an attempt to reduce costs and ensure student access. Especially since more and more books have an online component, adoption decisions can result in major cost differences and access challenges for students.  In this coffee chat, we’ll hear from several instructors who have used a new “inclusive access” model, consider other new models, and, with the help of the Campus Store staff, discuss ways Michigan Tech might react to this rapidly changing market.  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Friday, November 2, 2018.   Click here to register.

FACULTY BREAKFAST WITH WELBY ALTIDOR (Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:00-9:00 am)

Welby Altidor, former Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, will be available on Wednesday morning after Tuesday night’s lecture at the Rozsa to meet with Faculty in a breakfast Q&A session. He hopes to dive into defining the failure process and discuss how to preserve opportunities to be creative in the classroom and encourage students to have a relationship with failure instead of avoiding it. He’ll offer suggestions on how to stimulate both risk-taking and reflection in a learning process. Don’t miss this opportunity for cross disciplinary insight from an expert in managing the creative process! Breakfast will be provided to those who register by Friday, November 2, 2018.   Click here to register.

CTL INSTRUCTIONAL AWARD PRESENTATION SERIES:  ROMAN SIDORTSOV, 2018 LARGE CLASS TEACHING AWARD (Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3:30-4:30 pm)

From Global [T]issues to Global Information Literacy: Training Professionals While Educating Citizens in the Post-Truth World

In the third and final presentation of our fall award series, Roman Sidortsov, Assistant Professor of Energy Policy, will discuss his approach to teaching a mandatory large undergraduate course that covers a number of politically and socially controversial issues. His methods of engaging students in topics and concepts that are not always directly related to their areas of study can be applied throughout large and medium-size courses, which was recognized as part of the Dean’s Teaching Showcase. Formal recognition of this award will follow his presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you might innovate your own teaching, and recognize Roman’s success! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Click here to register.