Registration is now open for CRLT's fall seminar series on teaching and learning. These programs offer U-M instructors opportunities to gain new perspectives on teaching at Michigan, share ideas across disciplines, and improve teaching skills.
This semester, our offerings include workshops for both faculty and graduate students on key skills like leading discussions and writing exams. To help U-M instructors make a smooth transition to using the Canvas learning management system, we are also offering sessions on teaching with Canvas for both faculty and GSIs. And as always, our seminar series features sessions on topics related to diversity and inclusive teaching. This fall, these include a faculty panel entitled "How Do We Teach About Privilege?"; a four-session seminar for graduate students and postdocs on Diversity and Inclusive Teaching (co-facilitated by CRLT and IGR); and a workshop exploring the intersection of technology and accessibility. Full details about these programs and more can be found on our Upcoming Events list. Read more »
In this online workshop, you will learn about evidence-based practices for designing effective tests and exams. Specifically, you will:
reflect upon the goals of exams in relation to other assessment tools
practice writing effective questions based on evidence-based principles of valid and reliable test design
gain strategies for building a complete exam from individual questions and grading that exam fairly and efficiently
learn how best to use exams to support the learning of all of your students (based in research about inclusive teaching)
exchange ideas with other participants about how to implement the principles of effective exam design offered in the workshop.
Engage with information and ideas about effective exam design through a variety of materials, including websites, videos, and readings, and opportunities to practice and reflect throughout the workshop. (This should take about 60 minutes total.)
Write a reflective response to the strategies you learned about. (Suggested length: 400-800 words)
If you weren't able to make it to the first offering of this workshop in February, please join us on March 12 for a repeat offering of Organize, Streamline and Simplify: Teaching Efficiently with Technology
In this interactive session, we will dicuss some of the common challenges of being a GSI, and share technology resources that can help you overcome them. Topics covered will include:
GSI-student interactions - Office hours, email, and common student questions
Managing student groups - Forming groups, scheduling meetings, and sharing information
Online assignments and quizzes - paperless assignments, online discussions, social media and blogs
Resources for your ideas - U-M has a wealth of resources to support you and your students in using technology!
If you weren't able to make it to the first offering of this workshop in February, please join us on March 25th for a repeat offering of Advanced Practices for Inclusive Teaching.
Using teaching methods that effectively engage all students within a classroom is of ongoing interest to GSIs in any discipline. Instructors often ask: What does inclusive teaching really look like in practice? How do I know if the methods I am using are inclusive or exclusive? What evidenced-based active learning strategies can I incorporate into my classroom? Participants who attend this interdisciplinary workshop will explore answers to these questions through discussion and participation in a variety of inclusive active learning strategies.
What's It Like to Work at an Institution with Teaching-Research Balance
This panel spotlights faculty worklife at smaller research and master's institutions, where work expectations include a relatively even mix of teaching and research. Faculty will discuss faculty worklife at their institutions, strategies for getting hired, and tenure expectations.
Location: Michigan Room, The Michigan League
View video of previous panel discussions
Dr. Sharon Lean, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Wayne State University
Dr. Andrew Ross, Associate Professor, Mathematics Department, Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Parama Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Toledo
Promoting Excellence & Innovation in Teaching & Learning at U-M
CRLT is dedicated to the support and advancement of evidence-based learning and teaching practices and the professional development of all members of the campus teaching community. CRLT partners with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and administrators to develop and sustain a University culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.