Digital and Publicly Engaged Innovations in Pedagogy
Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the GTC+ Certificate in Teaching with Digital Media focuses on integrating digital media into college instruction, providing structured opportunities to engage with current scholarly conversations about the ways digital environments shape our thinking and practice as teachers and learners.
Data and Society (formerly Digital Currents) initiative at the Institute for the Humanities provides a forum for students and scholars from the University of Michigan and around the country to showcase the work they are doing in teaching and research, both in and on digital environments.
The Teaching and Technology Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop supports interdisciplinary conversation about the pedagogical and ethical issues raised by integrating technology into teaching, including, but not limited to, preparations related to Graduate Teaching Certificate with Digital Media (GTC+).
The U-M Library Digital Scholarship Workshop Series provides a welcoming environment for students to learn and ask questions about new research methodologies utilizing digital research and pedagogy tools.
The Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) offers a semester-long graduate training program in community-based learning called Engaged Pedagogy Initiative that promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and graduate student professional development.
The Michigan Library Engagement Fellows Program provides engaged learning opportunities for graduate students to work on innovative projects related to libraries, research, and information.
Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TTC) offers workshops and individual consultations to GSIs and U-M instructors in teaching with technology, including but not limited to, Canvas Course Design, PowerPoint Design, Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool; Inclusive Teaching, and Blue Jeans and Videoconferencing among others.
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) has a number of resources on teaching and pedagogical training for graduate students. Please consult the GSI Guidebook, as well as U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate (GTC) Program for more information about these offerings.
The CRLT “Preparing Future Faculty” seminar is an annual program for graduate students who plan to pursue a career in academia.
Courses and Lecturing
Teaching Writing in the Disciplines is a one-credit theory and practice course for GSIs to develop strategies for effectively teaching academic writing to upper-level undergraduate students. The course is offered through the Sweetland Center for Writing on campus.
The English Department provides pedagogical training to GSI’s, covering courses on pedagogy and an extensive system of mentoring.
The Sweetland Center, in coordination with Rackham Graduate School and the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, runs a Fellows Seminar each year where graduate student instructors (Junior Fellows) and faculty (Senior Fellows) from multiple disciplines come together to discuss critical issues in the teaching of writing. Junior Fellows also get the opportunity to plan and teach a four-credit writing course on a topic related to their discipline in the Fall term.
Incorporating Blogging Platforms and Social Media
The Learning Technologies and Consulting (LTC) Group with LSA Instructional Support Services (ISS) has put together a comprehensive guide for GSIs and faculty members interested in using WordPress in their classrooms. ISS-LTC consultants are also available to schedule one-on-one consultations with students to discuss needs, ideas, and questions revolving around WordPress.
ISS conducts workshops in the fall and winter semesters on using real-time audio and video connections for teaching, research, meetings, and events, as well as other instructional technologies such as Catchbox and i>Clicker in large classroom settings.