Enriching Scholarship 2016 offers workshops, seminars for faculty and staff


Registration is now open for Enriching Scholarship 2016, a week of free educational offerings for U-M faculty and staff intended to foster engaged and effective teaching, learning and research.

More than 120 sessions are offered May 2-6, covering a wide range of interests: podcasting, 3-D printing, virtual reality, games, social media, publishing and more.

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Learn how to get organized in sessions like “Project Management for Newbies,” “Tackling Tasks With Trello” and “Where Should I Store My Stuff?”

Learn the basics, or the mastery, of software in sessions such as “Learn Qualtrics in Five Easy Steps,” or “Scrivener: Advanced Word Processing for Research Projects.”

Learn about new implementations on campus, such as Canvas, U-M’s new learning management system, and Deep Blue Data, a repository for digital research data.

“Sessions fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register. We monitor attendance and evaluations each year and then use that information to adjust our course offerings so we can meet current needs,” says Rob Pettigrew, senior academic technologist at the U-M Library and a member of the Enriching Scholarship steering committee.

Sessions target skill levels from beginner to advanced, and participants come from every school and college on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as from UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn.

Enriching Scholarship sessions are free to the university community, although registration with a U-M uniqname is required. They are held at various locations across campus. If a session is full, please join the waitlist; admission to the session is likely as the date nears. If not, and demand is high, a second session may be added.

This year’s keynote address, “Learning How to Learn,” by Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University, focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Oakley’s talk starts at 10 a.m. May 2 in the ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan League.

Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., and a poster fair will highlight the five projects receiving the annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, as well as the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Investigating Student Learning Grant teams. Attendees will learn about innovative teaching strategies and can discuss findings from research on teaching and learning.

A grassroots group of staff members from across U-M formed the Teaching and Technology Collaborative in 1997 and introduced Enriching Scholarship, which became an annual event. The TTC comprises staff from the University Library, the Medical School Learning Resource Center, LSA Instructional Support Services, the Language Resource Center, Information and Technology Services and CRLT.

In addition to Enriching Scholarship, TTC units offer a variety of sessions throughout the year on many aspects of using technology in teaching, learning, and research. Members of the TTC share a common workshop registration site, which allows the university community to visit one site and find all workshops presented by members of the TTC. 

Session registration is underway and continues throughout the conference.



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