seminar series

Five-part Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Seminar

The Diversity and Inclusive Teaching (DIT) Seminar is co-developed by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), with support from Rackham Graduate School and IGR. It is a five-week seminar that provides participants an opportunity to learn about and practice a range of effective facilitation strategies for use in U-M's classrooms. We will focus on pedagogical techniques that productively engage student identity and experience in the learning process, as well as balance different voices and views. We will also discuss strategies for managing student resistance and conflict.

Seminar objectives
This seminar will survey a broad range of diversity and identity related issues that present themselves in classrooms and other learning environments. The curriculum over the five weeks will explore how social identities and diversity impact student and instructor experiences. The seminar will explore issues related to:

  • the relationship between instructor identity and inclusive teaching
  • balancing power and participation in the classroom
  • strategies for working through potential “hot moments” and conflict

Participants will leave this seminar with concrete strategies for implementing change in their teaching contexts. Participants will also receive a certificate of training after completing all five sessions.  Read more »

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Registration is now open for CRLT's fall series of workshops on teaching and learning. These programs offer U-M faculty, graduate students, and postdocs opportunities to gain new perspectives on teaching at Michigan, share ideas across disciplines, and improve their teaching skills. This semester, we're offering a wide range of sessions including: 

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  • Multi-part series for faculty including a faculty learning community about blended course design, supporting instructors who wish to integrate online learning activities with traditional face-to-face instruction, and a community of practice for instructors using gameful learning practices who wish to connect with colleagues from multiple units who are including gameful elements in their teaching.
  • Multiple workshops for GSIs and faculty on inclusive teaching topics, including workshops focused on maximizing accessibility, responding to microaggressions, and teaching for retention in STEM fields. 
  • Engineering focused workshops sponsored by CRLT in Engineering covering topics from motivating students to incorporating active learning techniques.
  • Sessions on core teaching skills, such as writing and grading exams and teaching with technology.

Full details about these programs--and many more--can be found on our Upcoming Events list. Read more »

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Registration is now open for CRLT's winter seminar series on teaching and learning. These programs offer U-M faculty, graduate students, and postdocs opportunities to gain new perspectives on teaching at Michigan, share ideas across disciplines, and improve their teaching skills. This semester, our offerings include: 

photo of 3 faculty members working together at a seminar

Full details about these programs and more can be found on our Upcoming Events list. Read more »

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Registration is now open for CRLT's fall seminar series on teaching and learning. These programs offer U-M instructors opportunities to gain new perspectives on teaching at Michigan, share ideas across disciplines, and improve teaching skills. 

Participants collaborating in a workshop activityThis semester, our offerings include workshops for both faculty and graduate students on key skills like leading discussions and writing exams. To help U-M instructors make a smooth transition to using the Canvas learning management system, we are also offering sessions on teaching with Canvas for both faculty and GSIs. And as always, our seminar series features sessions on topics related to diversity and inclusive teaching. This fall, these include a faculty panel entitled "How Do We Teach About Privilege?"; a four-session seminar for graduate students and postdocs on Diversity and Inclusive Teaching (co-facilitated by CRLT and IGR); and a workshop exploring the intersection of technology and accessibility. Full details about these programs and more can be found on our Upcoming Events list. Read more »

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Workshop goals

In this online workshop, you will learn about evidence-based practices for designing effective tests and exams. Specifically, you will:

  • reflect upon the goals of exams in relation to other assessment tools

  • practice writing effective questions based on evidence-based principles of valid and reliable test design

  • gain strategies for building a complete exam from individual questions and grading that exam fairly and efficiently

  • learn how best to use exams to support the learning of all of your students (based in research about inclusive teaching)

  • exchange ideas with other participants about how to implement the principles of effective exam design offered in the workshop.

Workshop format

Participants will:

  • Engage with information and ideas about effective exam design through a variety of materials, including websites, videos, and readings, and opportunities to practice and reflect throughout the workshop. (This should take about 60 minutes total.)

  • Write a reflective response to the strategies you learned about. (Suggested length: 400-800 words)

Event Information
Dates: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:59pm
Presenter(s): 
Meg Bakewell, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2
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