Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Enriching Scholarship: Fifteen years of workshops, discussions, and seminars

Registration has begun for Enriching Scholarship 2012, a week of free workshops, discussions, and seminars for instructors, faculty and staff to address the role of technology in fostering engaging, integrated and effective teaching, learning, and research.


Learn more about Enriching Scholarship 2012, and register for the keynote or other sessions by clicking on the All Sessions link.

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This is the 15th year for the event, which runs from May 7-11 at various locations on campus. All Enriching Scholarship sessions are free to the university community, although registration with a U-M uniqname is required.

Sessions at this year's Enriching Scholarship 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. If a session is full, interested participants are encouraged 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.

This year's keynote speaker is Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and professor of education and information. In 2001, Soloway received the Golden Apple Award as U-M Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004 and in 2011, the College of Engineering's chapeter of Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers, gave Soloway the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

Soloway will speak from 10 a.m.-noon on May 7 in the Rackham Amphitheater. He talk is titled "Education in the Age of Mobilism: The Inevitable Transformation of the K-12 Classroom."

A poster fair highlighting the five projects receiving the annual Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, as well as the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Investigating Student Learning Grant teams, will precede the keynote address. The fair, which will be in the Rackham Assembly Hall from 9-10 a.m., provides an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about innovative teaching strategies and to discuss findings from research on teaching and learning.

Fifteen years ago, a grassroots group of staff members from across U-M formed the Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TTC) and introduced Enriching Scholarship, which has become an annual event. The 50 sessions offered in 1997 have expanded to more than 130.

Participants have discovered that, with most students gone for the summer and with vacation season yet to begin, May offers the time and space on campus to learn new skills.

"It's a great opportunity to devote time to picking up new technology tips to enhance the effectiveness of your teaching," says Doreen Bradley, director of Learning Programs and Initiatives at the U-M Library.

TTC staff watch to see which sessions fill quickly, review session and conference evaluations, and monitor demands throughout the year so that Enriching Scholarship offerings meet current needs. In addition to Enriching Scholarship, TTC units offer a variety of sessions throughout the year.

The TTC comprises staff from the University Library (including the Digital Media Commons and the Faculty Exploratory), the Medical School Learning Resource Center, LSA Instructional Support Services, the Language Resource Center, Information and Technology Services, and CRLT.

"This type of partnership not only builds a better understanding between the service units, but also can create new, unexpected opportunities for collaboration throughout the year. Faculty members know where they can go for assistance, and campus awareness of each unit involved is increased," says Laurie Sutch, director of the Academic Technologies Group at the library.