Great Teaching at University of Michigan

Joe Trumpey (, 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