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How can a lecturer engage an auditorium full of undergraduates in analyzing the subtleties of a poem written more than 400 years ago?  That was one of the questions motivating Theresa Tinkle's teaching innovations in English 350, a course surveying literature written before 1660.  

Dr. TinkleAlong with her team of GSIs, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature set the goal of improving students' skills at literary analysis, and then they focused their teaching efforts on replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture setting.  The group creatively deployed technologies like iClickers and CTools online quizzes to ensure students completed readings and engaged actively with lectures.  And they created assignment sequences that allowed students intensive writing practice and provided individualized feedback (without significantly increasing anyone's grading load).  This combination of strategies resulted in significantly improved student skill with the complex task of close reading. 

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You can find CRLT on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/crlteach.  Because YouTube is one of the many Google Apps now in use on campus, all members of the U-M community can easily share videos with the public or with select users at U-M.  CRLT's channel is dedicated to using YouTube to support teaching excellence and innovation.  The videos currently featured include several Arthur F. Thurnau professors discussing their successful teaching strategies.  For example:

The channel also features teaching resources such as ... 

"You are asked to design an original experiment that would be suitable for a high school teacher to use in demonstrating any mass or heat transfer principle or concept to his/her class. The goal is to use your experiments to attract high school students to chemical engineering."  

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso

So begins the group project assignment for Chemical Engineering 342 designed by Assistant Professor Omolola Eniola-Adefeso, winner of the 2012 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP). Motivated to improve retention rates of diverse students in STEM fields and inspired by her own experiences with hands-on learning early in her undergraduate engineering career, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso developed an assignment that combined self-directed learning, collaboration, and outreach.  

CRLT is pleased to announce that its Fall Seminar Series is now open for registration. These seminars bring together faculty, graduate students, and postdocs from across campus to learn about topics in teaching and learning and share strategies with colleagues. CRLT seminars focus on innovative teaching methods, multiculturalism and diversity, incorporating instructional technology into teaching, and disseminating research results. Presenters are drawn from U-M faculty and experienced GSIs, CRLT professional staff, and visiting scholars.

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This term's offerings include cutting edge topics, such as "flipped" classrooms and learning analytics at UM and beyond, as well as core areas of CRLT's mission, such as a six-session program on multicultural facilitation. In addition, CRLT in Engineering offers seminars that specifically target the needs of College of Engineering faculty and graduate students. 

To see the full list of seminars and to register, please visit the upcoming events page.