Combining Art with Science Teaching Seminars – Friday January 23

STEM to STEAM? Art and Science combined?

Stephen Thomas photoPlease join us for two exciting presentations from Dr. Stephen Thomas

Student drawings and textbook visuals in science education

  • 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Jamrich 1320
sTem:  How to capitalize on technology in the teaching of science
  • 4:00-5:00pm
  • Jamrich 1320
  • This talk is part of the Biology Department Seminar Series

Dr. Thomas is a professor at Michigan State University who focuses on how to teach science to non-scientists. His research focuses on the visual communication of science.  Much of his work tries to elaborate on the overlap of art, science, education, and technology. He is also involved with the STEM to STEAM movement, or… how do you add the Arts to improve training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics?  Recent projects have looked at MOOCs, augmented reality, and mobile applications.  He currently serves as the Associate Direction of the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science and the CNS Digital Curriculum Coordinator at Michigan State University where he also holds an appointment as the Assistant Curator for Science Education at the MSU Museum. Check out his website.

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Center for Teaching and Learning – Upcoming Hours

CTL Hours: December 15th  – December 24th

  • Mondays – Fridays: 10am-5:00pm

CTL Hours: January 5th – January 10th

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am-5:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10:am-4:00pm

The CTL will be closed from December 25th through January 4th, and will resume normal semester hours on Monday, January 12th.

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CTL to Host Active Course Design Institute, December 17-19

gudemug.pngPrepare for next semester by learning more about active learning teaching techniques at the CTL’s Active Course Design Institute from Wednesday December 17 through Friday December 19.  The Institute will take place NMU from 9-4 daily, with seminars in the morning and  working sessions in the afternoon.

Registration is now open for two participation options:

  • À la carte.  Each morning will feature content seminars from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, with a bonus session on Friday at 1:00 pm. These sessions will be open to all interested faculty.  Come to as many as you’d like.  You’ll receive a certificate for each workshop attended.
  • Full Institute.  If you’d like to get a jump start on designing or redesigning a course to incorporate active learning, attend all of the morning seminars, AND stick around for working sessions from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (1:45 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday). The afternoon sessions are designed for you to work on a specific course, with CTL staff available to provide assistance. Participants in the full institute will receive lunch each day and a letter recognizing their completion of this faculty development program.  More importantly, upon completion of the institute, you’ll have a new course ready (or well on its way to ready) to roll out next semester!

Review the program, then register!  Please contact the CTL if you have any questions.

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CTL Hours – Week of November 24th

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be open the following days and times during the week of November 24th:

  • Monday, 11/24 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/25 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/26 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11/27 – Closed
  • Friday, 11/28 – Closed
  • Saturday, 11/29 – Closed

We will resume normal semester hours on Monday, December 1st.

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CTL Moves Into New Home

The Center for Teaching and Learning has moved to a newly renovated space, room 106 of the Learning Resources Center.  This renovated space includes consultation areas, a dedicated workshop and meeting space, and office space for the Teaching & Learning Scholar. Though it was a little bittersweet moving out of our old home down the hall (which housed the CITE for many years before the CTL was created), we are excited about how the new space will allow us to serve faculty better and offer a one-stop-shop for instructional support needs.

On October 7, we hosted a Grand Opening and Open House to celebrate our move and to introduce the new facility to campus.  Provost Paul Lang was on hand to share some opening remarks and lead us in a ceremonial ribbing cutting, which was followed by tours and some snacks from our friends at Fieras.  We were happy that many faculty, deans, and department heads were able to stop by. If you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you soon.

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Help Us Improve Our Web Presence

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) have undergone several changes in the last year. The CTL was launched to enhance the services previously offered through the CITE. Complementing the physical improvements, we are redesigning our web presence (which currently includes both and into a single, integrated site. As we plan our new website, we would like your input on how the site can be most useful to you. Please use this link to provide your input:

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