Traveling Innovation Hour

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington, West Conference Room (4th floor)

The Office of Academic Innovation presents twice monthy sessions at different locations around campus in which participants discuss a topic or open question related to learning and teaching in higher education.

This instance of the Traveling Innovation Hour will focus on local teaching and learning concerns of U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and School of Information. Faculty, staff, and students of these programs are especially welcome to attend. Brenda Gunderson (LSA), Mika LaVaque-Manty (LSA) and Chris Brooks (SI) will facilitate a conversation on the theme of building flexible learning experiences.

The College of LSA hosts several “gateway courses” that serve large and diverse populations of learners at U-M.  A “one-size-fits-all” approach  for these courses is inadequate, as students’ needs for these courses arise at different times within their educational trajectories. The School of Information is invested in data analytics and promoting broad, interdisciplinary access to skills. How might we develop a synergistic relationship between LSA and SI to design solutions to the challenges of teaching diverse populations at scale?

How do we respond flexibly to students’ needs? How do we make diverse pathways available? What role does the university have in creating learning opportunities to supplement for-credit offerings? How might we adjust our messaging about when and how to take certain courses so that we better support “alternative” pathways? How can we best help students negotiate educational, career, and life trajectories as they develop and change? We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

All are welcome to attend. Please register to help organizers plan for refreshments. Registration is not required for attendance.

Link to registation form.