Examples of U-M Faculty Using Instructional Technology

This page features examples of U-M faculty who have used instructional technology in innovative ways. You can browse the full list or use the search criteria to narrow it down to the most relevant examples for you. Click on any title for a full description of that example.
Title Pedagogical Goal(s) Technology Tool(s) Academic Area Course Type
Using Google Forms to Clarify Difficult Concepts in Large Courses
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Social Sciences Lecture
Flipping a Mechanical Engineering Course
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Answering student questions
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Engineering Lecture
Flipping an American Culture/History Course
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities All
Concept Mapping to Synthesize Knowledge and Apply Learning to Real World Case Studies
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • Google Docs/Drive
Health Sciences Lecture
Managing a Large Course Using Google Apps
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Managing the instructional team
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Online Homework System
  • Online Video Chat
Engineering Lecture
Managing a Large Course Using Google Apps
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Managing the instructional team
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Online Homework System
  • Online Video Chat
Engineering Lecture
Managing a Large Course Using Google Apps
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Managing the instructional team
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Online Homework System
  • Online Video Chat
Engineering Lecture
Managing a Large Course Using Google Apps
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Managing the instructional team
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Online Homework System
  • Online Video Chat
Engineering Lecture
Crowdsourcing Learning: Students Collaboratively Analyze and Annotate Course Materials
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Online File Storage/Sharing
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Coordinating Multiple GSIs Using a Course Wiki
  • Course management
  • Managing the instructional team
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Wiki
Social Sciences Lecture
Holding Virtual Office Hours via Google+ Hangouts
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • Online Video Chat
Engineering Lecture
Increasing Student Interaction in a Large Course via Blogging
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Blog
Arts and Humanities Lecture
Enhancing Small Group Discussions in a Large Lecture with Google Docs and Google Forms
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Social Sciences Lecture
Enhancing Small Group Discussions in a Large Lecture with Google Docs and Google Forms
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Social Sciences Lecture
Enhancing Small Group Discussions in a Large Lecture with Google Docs and Google Forms
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Social Sciences Lecture
Blogging as a Way to Support Student Dialogue and Critical Engagement
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Blog
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Blogging as a Way to Support Student Dialogue and Critical Engagement
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Blog
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Integrating Clinical and Classroom Learning Through Private Course Blogs
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Blog
Health Sciences Clinic
Crowdsourcing Q&A to Engage Students: Efficiently Answering Students' Questions in a Large Course
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Answering student questions
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Discussion Forum
Science, Technology, and Math Lecture
Fostering Inquiry-based Learning in Labs Using Google Spreadsheets
  • Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Google Docs/Drive
Science, Technology, and Math Lab
Crowdsourcing Study Guide and Exam Question Development Using Google Docs
  • Crowdsourcing learning activities
  • Administering tests and quizzes
  • Google Docs/Drive
Health Sciences Lecture
Improving Team Projects Through Cloud-Based Storage and Collaboration
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
  • Online File Storage/Sharing
Health Sciences Studio
Improving Teamwork Through Online Synchronous Discussions
  • Course management
  • Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
  • Discussion Forum
  • Google Docs/Drive
Engineering Lecture
Providing Alternatives to Traditional Writing and Speaking Assignments with Collaborative Websites
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Facilitating Collaborative Peer Review of Student Writing Using Google Docs
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Google Docs/Drive
Health Sciences Discussion
Using Clickers for Active Learning and Critical Thinking
  • Answering student questions
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Administering tests and quizzes
  • Personal Response System (Clickers)
Science, Technology, and Math Lecture
Out-of-Class Screencasts of Students' "Muddiest Point" and Problem Solutions
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Answering student questions
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Screencasting
Engineering Lecture
Making Lecture Recordings Available through iTunes U
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Lecture Capture
Social Sciences Lecture
Lecture Podcasting
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Lecture Capture
Social Sciences Lecture
Video Study Guides for Music Performance Classes
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Screencasting
Arts and Humanities Studio
Editing Wikipedia to Improve Writing to a General Audience
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Wiki
Science, Technology, and Math Discussion
Web-based Game for Teaching Library Research
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • Online Learning Module
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Science, Technology, and Math Online/Blended
Using LectureTools to Answer Students Questions in Large Courses
  • Answering student questions
  • Discussion Forum
Social Sciences Lecture
Interactive Chemistry Demos using Mathematica
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Animations/Videos
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Science, Technology, and Math Lab
Online Course for Senior Medical Students
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Course management
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Online Learning Module
Health Sciences Online/Blended
Web-Based Curriculum for Teaching the Fundamentals of Diagnostic and Service Coding to Medical Trainees
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Course management
  • Online Learning Module
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Health Sciences Online/Blended
Students Learning (and Teaching) the Universe through Wiki-style Pages
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Wiki
Arts and Humanities Lecture
Video Practice Sheets for Piano Instruction
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Course management
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Online Homework System
  • Screencasting
Arts and Humanities Studio
Practicing Disciplinary Critical Thinking Skills Using Google Docs
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Google Docs/Drive
Science, Technology, and Math Discussion
Blogging to Apply Disciplinary Concepts and Critically Analyze Current Events
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Blog
  • Discussion Forum
Professional Schools Discussion
Simulations familiarize students with "real-world" use of museum objects
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Arts and Humanities All
Long-term fruit fly experiments made possible with simulations
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Science, Technology, and Math Lab
Using CoLABnet to help students understand collaborative scientific research practices
  • Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Science, Technology, and Math Lab
Using CTools chats to conduct online office hours
  • Answering student questions
  • CTools/Course Management System
  • Discussion Forum
Social Sciences Lecture
Improving clinical skills for health professional students through simulations
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Health Sciences Clinic
Virtual Encyclopedia to Aid Students' Learning of Science
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Providing supplementary content
  • Webpage Creation
Science, Technology, and Math All
Using simulations to illustrate how leadership emerges through daily activities
  • Content delivery (alternatives to lecture)
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Simulations/Case Studies
Professional Schools Discussion
Online Portfolios and Websites Encourage Student Investment in their Learning
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Students Create Websites to Engage with 18th Century Literature
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Promoting student reflection and critical thinking
  • Increasing engagement and/or interactivity
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities Discussion
Interactive Website and Online Discussion Enrich a Partnership with K-12 Classrooms
  • Facilitating collaborative authorship, editing, or peer review
  • Improving teamwork during group projects/activities
  • Teaching in an online/blended format
  • Discussion Forum
  • Webpage Creation
Arts and Humanities All