Enriching Scholarship offers workshops, discussions, seminars


Registration is now open for Enriching Scholarship 2014, a week of free educational offerings for U-M faculty and staff intended to foster engaged and effective teaching, learning, and research.

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More than 120 sessions are offered May 5-9, covering a wide range of interests: video projects, rapid prototyping, flipped classrooms, 3-D printing, games, conference posters, exhibits, accessibility, publishing, and more.

Participants can learn how to effectively use social media in sessions like “Twitter as a Tool for Teaching” or “Google+ Hangouts,” and can learn the basics, or the mastery, of software in sessions such as “Creating Amazing Presentations with Prezi” or “The Photoshopper’s Showoff Showdown.”

“We monitor attendance and evaluations each year, which allows us to tailor and expand our course offerings to meet current needs. But don’t wait to sign up. Sessions fill up quickly,” 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, and they are conducted at various locations across campus. If a session is full, registrants are asked to 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.

With this year’s keynote address, “From Disruption to Design: Technology and the Future of Residential Education,” Diana Oblinger, president and CEO of EDUCAUSE, will explore how thoughtful design based on institutional goals and values can enable technology to positively impact teaching, student success, and institutional competitiveness.

The keynote address takes place at 12:30 p.m. May 5 in the ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan Union.

Before the keynote address, at 11:30 a.m., there will be a strolling lunch and a poster fair that highlights 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.

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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