Great Teaching at University of Michigan

 J. Matthew Velkey (Cell and Developmental Biology)
Lloyd M. Stoolman (Pathology)
The goal…
  • create an interactive laboratory experience while removing impediments to learning such as malfunctioning microscopes, aging slide sets, and inconsistent tissue sections. 
The solutions…
  • produce high resolution digital replicas of optimal tissue sections. 
  • compile online image repositories. 
  • deploy intuitive, computer-based "viewers" that improve upon microscopes. 
The user experience…
  • web-based laboratory syllabi link directly to virtual slides and, in some cases, directly to annotated structures of interest buried deep in tissue sections. 
  • computer-based viewers provide effortless scan + zoom functions to the submicron level, permit side-by-side comparison of multiple tissue sections, link student generated annotations directly to regions of interest (or query), and provide 24/7 access to teaching materials. 
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Perry Samson (Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences)
LectureTools is designed as an alternative to ‘clickers’ and provides a wider range of question types for instructors. Additionally, LectureTools allows students to pose questions during lecture, and GSIs in the room can answer their questions for them in real time. Students can also type their notes synchronized to the instructor’s slides and even draw on the slides with a Mac or PC. The tool originated from Samson’s desire to expand the use of student discussion in large lecture classes and the realization that clickers could not accommodate the kinds of questions he wished to pose, including free response, lists to reorder, and image-based questions.
 
XamPREP redesigns textbook content (in collaboration with publishers) to promote inquiry and timely reading. Students log in to answer questions posed by the instructor in preparation for each class, and they rate their confidence in each answer. Whether right or wrong, each response takes the student directly to the content germane to the question. At the very least, students are exposed to key concepts before lecture, and are able to search the textbook, view animations and quiz themselves on concepts prior to exams.
 
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Philip Myers (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
The ADW database contains thousands of detailed descriptions of species that have been contributed by students from over 40 institutions in North America. A specially designed template allows non-experts to enter data that will be amenable to structured searches. Each section has a place for free text, along with associated keywords and data fields for quantitative summaries. Authors also attach bibliographic citations. 
 
Since 2007 Quaardvark has provided a powerful new way for students to construct queries and download ADW data to explore natural history patterns and test hypotheses. Quaardvark opens up possibilities for active learning in many biological disciplines, including ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. 
 
An interdisciplinary partnership between the ADW team and Nancy Songer, a professor in the School of Education, brings authentic science experiences to 4th-6th grade students in Detroit Public Schools. 
 
To view the Animal Diversity Web project, please visit: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html
 

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Rachel L. Perlman (Internal Medicine)
Arno K. Kumagai (Internal Medicine)
The Family Centered Experience (FCE) is an innovative two-year program that is part of the required curriculum at U-M’s medical school and involves using the power of patients’ stories to foster empathy and patient-centered care. In the FCE, pairs of medical students make scheduled visits over two years to the homes of volunteer patients and their families in order to listen to the volunteers’ stories about chronic illness and its care.
 
These home visits, as well as readings, assignments, and small group discussions, serve as a foundation for the students to explore the experience of chronic illness from the patient’s perspective. One of a few pioneering programs in the U.S., FCE is the most comprehensive, with an active research arm. 
 
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 Shaun Jackson (Business & Art and Design)William Lovejoy (Art and Design & Architechture and Urban Planning)IPD recreates the competitive environment that
real businesses face every day. In 12 short weeks, interdisciplinary teams of students from the Schools of Business, Engineering, Architecture, and Art & Design develop fully functional, customer- ready products and subject them to assessment by voters in simulated markets. IPD is the only course in the country to juxtapose these requirements, and it has been repeatedly identified by Business Week magazine as one of the top design courses in the world. Read more »

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