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Enriching Scholarship 2014 – Poster session May 5, 2014

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Enriching Scholarship is “a week of free workshops, discussions, and seminars… for instructional faculty and staff” at the University of Michigan. The biggest event of the week is the keynote address and poster session. There were a lot of posters this year, so here are the highlights of the ones I was most interested in and hadn’t seen before.

Provost’s teaching innovation prize winners

Learn more about these posters at  http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tip_winners

Dancing with steel girders: Interacting with 3-D representations of bucking columns in virtual reality

Sherif El-Tawil has Students explore models in the UN’s virtual 3-D environment. Students can see how the columns move, twist and vibrate in multiple dimensions, so the structure becomes something more than a drawing on a page. Although now only one or two students can use the current 3-D system at a time right now, he believes that advances in technology will be enable instructors  to implement this in large classes in the near future. 

Doing Science Firsthand Through Dorm-Room Labs

Mark Moldwin has developed mini labs students can do In their dorm rooms with commonly found materials. This enables students to get hands on, practical exploration of ideas without  having to attend a traditional lab class. It also means that students are doing interesting and unique things in places where their peers see them, and possibly become interested in the class.

Dropping Lecture and Summative Exams to Accelerate Deep Learning

Steve Yalisove has dropped the lecture part of course altogether. Instead, students do reading using social annotation  software. They are graded based on whether or not they do the assignment, not on the quality, depth, or correctness of their annotations and homework. They then spend class working on tougher problems with access to the professor when they run into something the ca’t solve. 

Learning Analytics Projects

http://www.crlt.umich.edu/node/58493

Peer Evaluation of Student Generated Content

Jared Tritz, Ginger Shultz, Nicole  Michelotti, Tim McKay, and Barasaa Mohapatra presented several examples of using peer evaluation in to assess learning in low level physics classes. While there were some challenges, it seemed to be effective, and help motivate the students.

Effects of Text-based and Image-based Activities on Student Learning Outcomes
Anne Greenberg, Melissa Gross, & Mary Wright examined the differences between using text based and image based assignments. Students tended to engage more with image based assignments.

 

Investigating Student Learning grant

Some ISL posters can be viewed at http://www.crlt.umich.edu/grants-awards/islwinners

Evaluating the Influence of Pre- and Post-Class Online Modules on Learning and Retention 

Jamie Phillips, Justin Foley examined the use of Lesson Builder (a tool in CTools) to improve learning. However, they found that the modules generally didn’t actually improve performance on quizzes, but it did increase student confidence.

Development of student motivation in a required Electrical Engineering (EE) course for non-EE majors

Alexander Ganago, Matthew DeMonbrun, and Sudarshan Sivaramakrishnan explored ways to motivate students to learn and become more interested in the material. They found that the best results were achieved when they used concrete examples of why the material mattered and how it applied to the real world.

Evaluating the Use of Social Media to Enhance the Educational Experience of a Medical School Surgery Clerkship

Students found the use of twitter to be a good reminder of work that needed to be done and good practice of terminology. However it didn’t seem to improve engagement.

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