Incorporate the University’s Collections into your Teaching this Fall

Wave Field: students lying on grass-covered mounds

The University’s rich holdings often serve as inspiration for course assignments and student work. The UpstART 200 project, part of the U-M Bicentennial, calls attention to this tradition through a curated archive of 200 works of art, design, or architecture designed to form the basis for new creative work. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate projects based on these foundational works in their syllabi this fall.

Backward Design

Sign of man going backwards

As library instructors we all have a natural tendency to rely on methods, content and activities that are comfortable and familiar to us. Backward design helps counter this tendency and ensures that we think of the students first. The main question driving instruction becomes: what do students need to learn and be able to do by the end of the session? On Friday January 13 Breanna Hamm and Alexandra Stark gave an excellent presentation, sponsored by Instructor College about backward design in...

Lessons from Liberating (Instruction) Structures

Chart of 35 liberating structure icons - each one is described in Liberating Structures website (linked in post)

On October 21st, Instructor College hosted its first event of the 2016-2017 academic year: Liberating (Instruction) Structures, led by Diana Perpich, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Nabeela Jaffer, Application Programmer. During this workshop, participants were introduced to the concept of liberating structures and explored ways that many of the 35 liberating structures could also be applied in instruction, offering an opportunity to expand our pedagogical repertoire.

Safe and Inclusive Classrooms: Transgender Students Describe Ideal Learning Environments

This fall, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a special report, “Diversity in Academe: Transgender on Campus.” Touching on topics from pronouns to restrooms, the report issued a call to provide equal access to transgender students on college campuses with an emphasis on creating safe environments in which all students may thrive. Student interviews captured in a powerful video can prompt us to think about providing safe and inclusive classroom environments for library instruction as well.

Welcoming U-M Librarians into the Course Management Party

crowded dance party with disco lights

I'm going to start out by saying, and I hope I don't jinx this, but -- we've got it pretty good. As the University of Michigan begins it's migration from Sakai to Canvas in earnest this year, representatives of the University Library have been welcomed into development conversations and have been given considerable agency to cultivate our presence in the new teaching and learning environment.

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