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 http://idt.nmu.edu and http://www.nmu.edu/ctl) 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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Center for Teaching and Learning has moved!

The Center for Teaching and Learning has moved down the hall to LRC 106. This space is very near to the IDT suite (LRC 112).

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Focus on Jamrich Classrooms (Aug 25, 2014)

-Don’t forget your dry erase marker(s)
Whiteboards are available in all instructional areas of Jamrich, but you will need to supply your own dry erase markers. Make sure the marker you use is not PERMANENT! Feel free to stop by the Center for Teaching and Learning’s faculty lab (LRC 128)  to grab your FREE CTL dry erase marker while supplies last.

-Height adjustable teacher stations and stools
There is a lever underneath the part of the teacher station that has a black colored edge on three sides which allows for the table to be raised / lowered. The instructor stool also has a lever for height adjustment.

-Mini displayport cables and adaptors
If you use your “Twist” Lenovo laptop in Jamrich, there is a dedicated mini displayport cable in the room labeled “LAPTOP” so no adaptor is necessary. If you also teach in other buildings, you will need to bring a mini DisplayPort adaptor with you to class. Mini displayport adaptors are available from Micro Repair. If you forget to bring your adaptor to class, you may phone our classroom support line (x2290) and we will run over a “loaner” adaptor.  Loaners must be returned within 3 days.

-AVer document cameras at student tables in Enhanced Active Learning classrooms
AVer document cameras at teacher stations are hard-wired into the system but the document cameras at student tables in the three Enhanced Active Learning classrooms can only be projected while connected to a student’s laptop using “WePresent” wireless software and “A+ Suite” software. Both can be downloaded from download.nmu.edu. Please contact IDT Classroom Support for personal assistance.

-Interactive Displays in lecture halls and Enhanced Active Learning classrooms
Interactive displays are only installed in the three lecture halls on the main floor and the three enhanced active learning classrooms on the third floor.
a. Annotations: (think John Madden play by play recap) In order for the annotations to work, you will need to install software called “Sankore” available from the IDT website as well as a stylus pen (available through the Center for Teaching and Learning) and from the IDT Classroom Support Main Office.
b. PowerPoint: the interactive display is great for projecting your laptop in EXTEND mode. It enables you to see what the students are seeing while viewing your PowerPoint notes and many slides at a glance.

-WePresent software/hardware for wireless connections to televisions and projectors
WePresent is a wireless system recommended for students who do not have access to the fixed cables at the teacher station. PLEASE NOTE: WePresent will not work through WiMAX, only WiFi.

-Electronic Class Cancelations for Jamrich flight boards
Very soon, the electronic class cancelations will be up and running on the flight boards. Until then, you may continue to contact IDT Classroom Support and we will make sure a printed cancelation gets put up at your classroom.

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