2017 New Faculty Orientation Program

August 30, 2017

Michigan League
811 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast - Ballroom, Michigan League
9:00 a.m.
Plenary Session: Welcome to Michigan!
Matthew Kaplan, Executive Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan
Jack Hu, Vice President for Research
9:35 a.m. CRLT Players, an interactive theatre troupe, present 7 into 15
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

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 U-M faculty and staff 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 first learn how to select and use technology inclusively in the classroom and then will  have the opportunity to choose one of the following two tools to learn about: 1) Canvas, U-M’s learning management system; 2) GradeCraft, a tool that helps faculty incorporate and manage gameful elements into their courses, with the goal of increasing student engagement and supporting students’ feelings of autonomy, belonging, and competence.

Leveraging Group Work and Teams to Enhance Student Learning

Effective use of teams and group work in the 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 participants will explore a continuum of collaborative assignments and will identify research-based strategies for the creation and assessment of student groups.

Leveraging Student Diversities in Discussion

This session is grounded in research showing that engaging with diverse peers can enhance student learning in the college classroom. How can instructors leverage student diversities--both visible and invisible--in their classes to foster productive peer exchanges that enrich all students' learning experiences?  The workshop gives participants opportunities to experience and reflect upon concrete teaching strategies for helping students engage with one another across their differences, as well as for introducing course material in ways that productively draw upon students' various backgrounds and perspectives.

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.

11:45 a.m.
Information Fair A, Ballroom
Staff representing various U-M offices will be available to distribute printed materials and
answer questions
12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Welcoming Remarks, Ballroom
  • Paul Courant, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Martin Philbert, Incoming Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Matthew Kaplan, Executive Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
  • Faculty Panel: What It's Like to Work at Michigan
    • Harley Etienne, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    • Melissa Gross, Stamps School of Art & Design; School of Kinesiology
1:30 p.m.
Information Fair B, Vandenberg Room (OPTIONAL) 
Logistics, Transportation & Parking
Payroll and Benefits Offices