The 21st Annual Enriching Scholarship Conference 2018 will be held May 7-10. During this award-winning conference, U-M faculty and staff participate in over 100 sessions about effectively integrating teaching and technology.  All sessions are FREE, but require registration.

Keynote Address:

This year’s Opening Keynote speaker will be Dr. Katie Linder. Dr. Linder is an avid writer and researcher with a passion for process and peeking behind the scenes at what it takes to be a successful academic. Currently, she hosts two weekly solo podcasts (You’ve Got This and The Anatomy of a Book), a weekly interview-based podcast (Research in Action), and a seasonal podcast (AcademiGig) co-hosted with Dr. Sara Langworthy. Katie also writes a weekly essay series. Her most recent book is The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Katie is also the director of the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit and an associate editor for the International Journal for Academic Development.

Opening Keynote: 
Helping Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction

Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital Distraction.

Keynote Workshop: 
Creating Effective Online Activities

Need some new ideas for online learning activities? Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, this 2-hour interactive workshop will focus on creating effective online activities that are student-centered, engaging, and aligned with the face-to-face activities of the course. Participants will review their course goals and learning objectives, choose an online platform and/or tool for their activity, and leave the workshop with at least one online activity that they can immediately implement into their course.

General Conference Workshops:

Last year’s conference began a shift to a more direct focus on pedagogy and classroom activities; based on the positive reception to this shift, we are continuing to pursue this focus for the 2018 year’s sessions. This year, there will be more instructors to share their experiences using technology in their teaching. We want to showcase the work instructors around the university are doing—we will focus on things we know will work sustainably in the classroom!


Registration to attend Enriching Scholarship sessions will open on Monday, April 2, 2018. The conference will be held in Ann Arbor, of course! The conference runs from May 7-10, 2018.

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