Great Teaching at University of Michigan

Sherrie Kossoudji (kossoudj@umich.edu), LSA - Economics and Sociology, employs the Ctools chat function to conduct online office hours for her students enrolled in the large lecture course Economics 101. During a two-hour block each weekday evening, students can electronically communicate with a GSI to get immediate assistance with their coursework. The transcript of these conversations is then available on CTools after the session is over. This online "Q & A" is available to all students and GSIs in the course and is an archive for future reference by instructors and students. 

For specific questions about Kossoudji's online office hours, contact her at the email address above.

 
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Rajesh Mangrulkar and Richard D. Judge, Medical School, have lead the development and use of the Professional Skill Builder. This tool is a web-based case simulation tool, to improve the history-taking, physical examination, and case management skills of health professional students.

The program contains authentic presentations of real patients and allows the student to interactively progress through each case. Expert feedback is provided to the student along the way, along with a robust decision-support module (called Toolbox) designed to provide "just-in-time" learning. The project is centered at the Medical School through and University of Michigan Health System, but involves extensive collaborative efforts from other University units, including the Duderstadt Center, and a private company.

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Phil Myers, (pmyers@umich.edu), LSA - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,  leads a team that has created the "Animal Diversity Web" (ADW). This website serves as a "virtual encyclopedia" and resource for teaching by inquiry. It provides photos, sounds, and detailed information about thousands of animal species. It is also a cornerstone of a project to improve teaching science to 5th and 6th graders in Michigan. The website is continually updated with entries authored by faculty and students. The Animal Diversity Web can be found at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/

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Eric Rabkin (esrabkin@umich.edu), LSA-English, is a campus leader in the area of instructional technology. An example of his work with teaching and technology is English 414: Multimedia Explorations in the Humanities, a course that offers students the opportunity to create and/or augment web-based resources. Students create individual online portfolios to showcase their ongoing mastery of computer programs and reflect upon their learning process. They collaborate on group projects in which they research and write on a humanities topic of their choice and create a website that becomes a permanent resource for the UM community. For more information on English 414, as well as Rabkin's other instructional technology projects, visit his homepage at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~esrabkin/.

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David Porter (dporter@umich.edu), LSA - English and Comparative Literature, is responsible for the design and implementation of the Eighteenth-Century England website, an ongoing, collaborative project by U-M students studying eighteenth-century literature. As an alternative to the traditional term paper or final exam, Porter encourages students in his classes to work in small groups to write and design a set of webpages that explores some aspect of life and culture in eighteenth-century England. Porter’s website combines an ever-expanding showcase of completed student research projects with an extensive set of resources and guidelines designed to help students develop new material for the site. To view the Eighteenth-Century England website, go to http://www.umich.edu/~ece/

 

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