New Faculty Orientation Program Schedule

New Faculty Orientation Program Schedule

August 29, 2012

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8:30 Registration Period - Ballroom, Michigan League

Plenary Session: Welcome to Michigan!

Constance E. Cook
Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and Associate Vice Provost

Stephen R. Forrest
Vice President for Research

9:30 Break
9:40 CRLT Players, an Interactive Theatre Troupe
present The First Class in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 2nd floor
10:30 Break
10:40 Concurrent Sessions

Research-Based Practices for College Teaching

“Teaching, without learning, is just talking.” In this interactive session, faculty will learn about and discuss research-based principles to promote learning. Addressing topics such as student intellectual and identity development, motivation, and learning mastery, these principles can help faculty prepare for and respond to the complexities of student learning. Throughout the session, participants will identify strategies informed by these principles that they can use to maximize learning in an upcoming course. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of teaching contexts, including undergraduate, graduate, and clinical teaching.

Using Instructional Technology to Enhance Teaching

How can instructional technologies enhance teaching and promote student learning? Attendees at this session will see U-M faculty demonstrate technologies useful in a variety of disciplines and classroom settings, and talk about how they could use technology to improve learning in their own classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about 1) CTools, U-M's course management software; 2) personal response systems, or "clickers," which can be used to promote student involvement in large lectures; and 3) Google Apps for enhancing student collaboration, engagement and learning.

Student Teams in the STEM Classroom

Effective use of teams in the classroom can increase student learning, improve retention of course material, and enhance students’ problem-solving ability. It is often difficult, though, to ensure that all students are engaged, included, and successful in teams. In this session, faculty will learn about and practice research-based strategies to create and assess student teams in the STEM classroom.

Facilitating Discussion by Leveraging Student Diversity

This session is grounded in research that shows that student learning is enhanced when instructors engage student diversity. The workshop reviews strategies for engaging students effectively in discussion, especially in the social sciences and humanities. Participants will discuss how to encourage students to draw on their backgrounds and experience, while maintaining boundaries appropriate to the analytical goals of their course.

12:10 Information Fair
Staff representing various U-M offices will be available to distribute printed materials and answer questions

Lunch/Welcoming Remarks

  • Lester P. Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Senior Counselor to the President for the Arts, Diversity and Undergraduate Affairs; and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music
  • Philip J. Hanlon, Provost; and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mathematics

Payroll Office
Vandenberg Room, 2nd floor, Michigan League
Faculty can get information about tax withholding/allowances, direct deposit, and convenience deductions.

Parking and Transportation Services
Vandenberg Room, 2nd floor, Michigan League
Faculty can purchase a parking permit.