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You can find CRLT on YouTube at  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:

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"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.   Read more »


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.

Participants in a workshop

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.



We are pleased to welcome four CRLT Fellows, instructional consultants working in new teaching centers at four Chinese research universities:

Group photo of Dr. Guangbin Lin, Dr. Junqi Wu, Ms. Yi Zhang, Dr. Lin Zhang, and Dr. Connie Cook

  • Dr. Guangbin Lin (Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing)
  • Dr. Junqi Wu (Central China Normal University, Wuhan)
  • Ms. Yi Zhang (Beijing Jiao Tong University)
  • Dr. Lin Zhang (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications)

The Fellows will spend three weeks at U-M learning about CRLT’s programs and services, visiting classes and meeting U-M faculty, and developing program plans to take back to their home universities. We at CRLT also look forward to learning from our Chinese colleagues about how their centers are helping to enact educational reform efforts that are a top priority in China. The Fellows represent one of several collaborations with Chinese universities and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China that CRLT has undertaken in support of President Coleman’s China Initiative. 


To welcome new instructors to the University and help prepare them for their first teaching assignments at U-M, CRLT will be offering orientations for new faculty and new GSIs in the last week of August. These programs are all designed to help new instructors meet  colleagues from across the campus, learn about the resources available for teaching, and hit the ground running when the teaching term begins. Our work with U-M instructors has convinced us that when teaching is going well, other aspects of faculty or GSI work life are more likely to fall into place. Therefore, we take great care in designing orientations that will make the best possible use of time and cover the topics most salient to getting a good start in the classroom, lab, or studio.

All of us at CRLT are excited to welcome new instructors to campus and to help you get the tools you need to succeed. We look forward to meeting you!

Event Date Highlights
GSI Teaching Orientation August 27-28
  • Practice Teaching
  • CRLT Players Performance
  • Sessions on the First Days of Teaching 
  • Workshops on Teaching
New Faculty Orientation August 29
  • Welcoming Remarks from the Provost
  • CRLT Players Performance
  • Workshops on Teaching
  • Information Fair with 50 U-M Offices
Engineering GSI Teaching Orientation August 30
  • Engineering-Specific Teaching Workshops
  • Practice Teaching
  • CRLT Players Performance on Climate in the STEM Classroom

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