RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICES FOR COLLEGE TEACHING - In this interactive session, faculty will learn about and discuss the latest research-based principles to promote learning, such as student intellectual and identity development, motivation, and learning mastery. Throughout the session, participants will identify strategies informed by these principles that they can use to respond to the complexities of student learning in an upcoming course. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of teaching contexts, including undergraduate, graduate, and clinical teaching.
USING DIGITAL TOOLS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AND ENHANCE TEACHING - Attendees at this session will see three U-M faculty members demonstrate digital tools useful in a variety of disciplines and classroom settings, and talk about how these tools enhance teaching and learning in their own classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two of the following three tools to learn about: 1) CTools, U-M's learning management system; 2) Screen capture tools for creating resources that students can use in or outside the classroom; and 3) Google Apps for facilitating student collaboration and increasing student engagement.
STUDENT TEAMS IN THE STEM CLASSROOM - Effective use of teams in the STEM classroom can increase student learning, improve retention of course material, and enhance students’ problem-solving ability. It is often difficult, though, to ensure that all students are engaged, included, and successful in teams. In this session, faculty will learn about and practice research-based strategies to create and assess student teams in the STEM classroom.
FACILITATING DISCUSSION BY LEVERAGING STUDENT DIVERSITY - This session is grounded in research that shows that student learning is enhanced when instructors engage student diversity. The workshop reviews strategies for engaging students effectively in discussion, especially in the social sciences and humanities. Participants will discuss how to encourage students to draw on their backgrounds and experience, while maintaining boundaries appropriate to the analytical goals of their course.
TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CLINIC - In this session, clinical faculty from several health science disciplines will discuss best practices for clinical/bedside teaching. Attendees will hear from faculty about effective time management when teaching in the clinic, best practices for providing feedback to trainees, and facilitating effective small group discussions.