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Enriching Scholarship 2015 – Poster Session May 17, 2015

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The University of Michigan’s annual conference on teaching, learning, and technology, Enriching Scholarship, took place, May 4 – 8, 2015. The conference always starts with a poster session and keynote. The poster session is often a good chance to network and explore with others. This year, I got sidetracked by a couple conversations and didn’t see most of the posters!

Here are some notes about the posters, in order according to the program. I apparently went backwards, so there are more notes on the later posters.

Posters 1 – 5 were the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. I missed all of these, but they are available online at http://crlt.umich.edu/tip_winners. I was interested in checking out Jill Halpern’s “Calculus in the Commons: Bringing Math to Life”, because it sounds a lot like what we try to do in the intro astro classes (I often hear students comment on the fact that they don’t meet in their scheduled classroom until the third or forth week of classes. I can’t always tell if they think that’s good, or bad.)

Posters 6 – 18 were the Investigating Student Learning Grant winners. They are available online at http://www.crlt.umich.edu/grants-awards/islwinners. I missed some of these.
Cohn et. al found that having students doing work that was evaluated by professionals working in the field enhanced motivation and performance. Their project is titled “Assessing the Impact of Cross-Disciplinary, Project-Focused, Action-Based Immersive Learning Experiences in Healthcare and Engineering”
Adams et al. has a poster titled “Evaluating the Pre-Professional Engineer: Project Team and Individual Performance”. The focus of their work was to get students to move beyond the “everything is fine” assessment of their peers to actual useful evaluation and feedback. This not only leads to more useful peer evaluation within the classes, it helps prepare the students for workplace performance management.
I had just started looking at Gunderson’s “On-Line Collaboration: Generating & Ranking Solutions to Practice Exam Problems in Stats 250” she we were called into the keynote, so I didn’t get to give it the attention I wanted. It allowed students who correctly answered a problem to present their solution to their peers, and peers voted on the best solution.

Posters 18 – 22 were about TTC Projects.
One of the posters was about Canvas. The keynote and several of the sessions I attended also had heavy emphasis on Canvas, so I’ll blog more Canvas things later. 
There was also a poster on the teleconferencing capabilities at the Language Resource Center. If you have a need to do something like run a lecture from far away or at an odd time (like from an observatory!), collaborate with another university, or present material in a space that is too small to fit your entire class (like an observatory), teleconferencing may be a solution, and the LRC can help.
Finally, the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning has a great many resources and a lot of research on technology in the classroom. If you have an idea, or have heard of something you want to try out, talk to them first. If there are pitfalls, they probably already know about them. If it’s really new, they might have an idea about how to implement it. If you need resources (like money for a grad student to help you convert to a new form of media) they might be able to point you in the right direction.

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