Active Course Design Institute May 6-8th

Registration is now open for the Center for Teaching & Learning’s spring Active Course Design Institute. Prepare for next semester by spending a few days learning more about active learning teaching techniques!

The Active Course Design Institute (ACDI) will take place from Wednesday, May 6, through Friday, May 8. The Institute will feature two attendance options for participants:

  1. 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.  Come to as many as you’d like.  You’ll receive a certificate for each workshop attended.
  2. Full Institute. Registering for the full ACDI event will include you in all morning sessions (as well as Friday’s 1 p.m. workshop) plus the afternoon design sessions scheduled each day from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday). These afternoon workshops will help you put the knowledge learned in the earlier sessions to work for a specific course of your choice, 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!

Full details and registration access can be found on our website, www.nmu.edu/ctl

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April 15-Course Enhancement-Online Resource Workshop

merlotlogo Join us Wed. April 15th, at the Center for Teaching & Learning to explore the free, web-based resource, MERLOT, designed to help faculty find quality online teaching and learning materials quickly and easily. MERLOT also provides an avenue for tool or article submission as well as peer review opportunities for faculty. Come learn about the many benefits the MERLOT system can provide for you.

For further details or to register, visit the CTL website at:  http://www.nmu.edu/ctl/

 

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Building Effective Learning

Friday March 27

Please join us for two exciting workshops presented by Cheelan Bo-Linn

Building Effective Student Teams: What, How, and Why

9:00-10:30 a.m.
LRC 108

Informal Early Feedback (IEF): Using Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

3:00-4:30pm
LRC 108

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Cheelan Bo-Linn is the Senior Specialist in Education in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary responsibilities are to provide consultations and develop programs for faculty, unit heads, and academic departments to promote excellence in teaching and learning. She is also the coordinator for the campus annual Faculty Retreat and the Junior Faculty Seminar Series. She was the campus coordinator when Illinois was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a Leadership Institution with the focus on undergraduate research. She has been invited to present nationally and internationally, most recently in India and Taiwan. She has been the educational consultant on NSF, USAID, and Fulbright grants. Her most recent workshop topics are active learning, student teams, inquiry-based learning, formal and informal assessment of teaching and learning, classroom research, and teaching philosophy statement.

Register here to attend either of these workshops.

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Upcoming Speakers!

Ask the Students! Continuing a great program started last year, we will again invite faculty to interact with a panel of students to discuss issues related to teaching and learning, classrooms, and the student experience. This semester, the topic is Making “Work” Worth It. Students will be answering questions surrounding workload issues, student work-life balance and how they prioritize their coursework, value placed on class assignments… and whatever else you would like to ask them! Join us February 24 at 4:00pm in LRC224.

Cheelan Bo-Linn (University of Illinois) will visit in March and conduct several talks. One will focus on Team Based Learning and the other on Student Informal Feedback and its importance in the classroom. Stay tuned for more information on times and locations for these talks!

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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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