The advantage to a flexible classroom is the ability to allow the classroom to disappear, everyone is in the front of the room no matter where they are. Utilizing the mobility of the furniture, professors can arrange their classes in a way that strengthens learning. In this video, Cindy Finelli, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of education, postdoctoral researcher Aaron Johnson, and Steve Yalisove, professor of materials science and engineering, explain the benefits of this approach.
In support of U-M's diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan, units representing a cross-section of the university have highlighted their progress in the video series, “Defining Excellence: Michigan’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,” which includes this introduction from Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Robert Sellers. View the full series.
Promoting digital access
Michael Furlough (left), librarian and executive director of the HathiTrust, speaks with U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, prior to testifying at a hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., about the role of federal depository libraries and the federal government. HathiTrust, administered by U-M, is a consortium of more than 130 university and research libraries that focuses on providing digital access to document. Furlough urged Congress to encourage the use of digital databases as effective substitutes for many documents sought by the public. (Photo by Caroline Walker, House Administration Committee)
Confronting the climate crisis
"MC²: Michigan & the Climate Crisis" is a weeklong series of events focused around the topic of climate change and how it affects us politically, economically, socially and culturally. In this video, John Vandermeer, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and students discuss how the activities will confront one of the most pressing problems affecting the world today.
Home sweet HomeLab
The U-M HomeLab, housed within the Institute for Social Research's BioSocial Methods Collaborative, is geared toward helping researchers study how people interact with their environment — and with each other. HomeLab looks and feels like a complete apartment, but it is outfitted with technology that allows researchers to observe how people live. In this video, Alicia Carmichael, research process manager at the collaborative; Richard Gonzalez, the collaborative's director; and Jacqui Smith, professor of psychology, discuss what happens at HomeLab.