LSA/CRLT Large Course Initiative

LSA/CRLT Large Course Initiative

To support LSA's Inclusive Classrooms effort, LSA faculty have the opportunity to participate in the W2019 LSA/CRLT Large Course Initiative (LCI). The LCI is a faculty learning community, open both to those new to large course teaching and those who have been teaching large courses for years. We particularly welcome applications from faculty teaching large courses that fulfill the R&E requirement as well as introductory STEM courses. Together, selected faculty will focus on some of the key pedagogical challenges and opportunities present in large courses (defined as those with 75 or more students). The program also includes an opportunity to apply for grant funding for future pedagogical innovations.

Participants in the LSA/CRLT Large Course Initiative will meet together four times during the term. These meetings, coordinated and facilitated by CRLT, will include opportunities to share practice, discuss key lessons from research on teaching and learning, and explore instructional technologies of interest. At the conclusion of the program, faculty will be eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant to support pedagogical innovations in their large courses.

The application deadline for the program is Monday, December 3, 2018. Applicants will be notified about selection no later than Friday, December 14, 2018. Full details regarding eligibility and program structure are below. To apply, use the following link: Large Course Initiative Application.

If you have questions or inquiries about this program, please contact Deborah Meizlish (debmeiz@umich.edu) or Whitney Peoples (wpeoples@umich.edu) at CRLT.

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The LSA/CRLT Large Course Initiative

Program Overview

Eligible Faculty: All LSA faculty teaching courses with 75 or more students

Application Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018

Application Link: Large Course Initiative Application

Program Structure:  Faculty will:

 1. Participate in four group meetings with LSA colleagues during the Winter 2019 Term. These will be scheduled on the following Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, January 31
  • Thursday, February 14
  • Thursday, February 28
  • Thursday, March 14

 Potential topics include these areas from the research on teaching and learning:

  • Structuring courses and pedagogies to meet the learning needs of diverse students. 
  • Leveraging low- and/or high-tech strategies for increasing interactivity and inclusivity.
  • Creating feedback mechanisms that maximize student learning.
  • Creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue or discussion in a large course.
  • Leveraging and enhancing student motivation.

The fourth meeting will also help interested faculty flesh out plans to apply for a $2000 grant that would support the implementation of a specific innovation to be implemented in the 2019-2020 academic year. Additionally, this meeting would be used to diagnose faculty needs for implementation support of that project – from CRLT, LSA ISS, or other appropriate instructional support.

2. Complete a small amount of preparatory work for each seminar (e.g. reading a short article, watching a short video, and/or completing a web-based task). These activities would give faculty experience with pedagogies that address the topics explored in the meetings.

3. Visit an existing U-M course to observe a colleague using a pedagogy of interest. The visit would include a conversation with the observed faculty member.

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