Great Teaching at University of Michigan

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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Joe Trumpey (jtrumpey@umich.edu), Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, expanded an existing course, Scientific Illustration Field Sketching, to create an interdisciplinary, online collaborative program called Eco-Explorers that combines science, art, and environmental education. The course is currently listed with the School of Art & Design and School of Natural Resources and Environment. During each winter term, U-M students enrolled in Trumpey’s course compare and contrast a Michigan ecosystem and a distant system in order to research, study, and sketch the native flora and fauna. Students collaborate with K-12 classrooms around Michigan via a distance learning project that combines an interactive website and online discussions with personalized classroom visits. To view the Eco-Explorers website, go to
http://www.art-design.umich.edu/ecoexplorers/

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