Our vision: one university focused on learning. The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning works to improve both teaching and learning at Michigan Tech. We focus on training and support, providing consultations for instructional techniques and education technologies.

Jackson Active Learning Classroom

Since William G. Jackson’s gift three years ago, we have been exploring options for a larger bring-your-own device (BYOD) active learning classroom. With help from Information Technology, the advice of a diverse group of instructors, and inspiration from many other institutions, construction began last January.

The Jackson Active Learning Classroom, located in Rekhi Hall G05, seats up to 60 students and is configured with round tables to enhance interaction and collaboration. The room includes seven Mersive Solstice pods—allowing students to wirelessly share content from their laptops, tablets, or phones with group members or the whole class.

If you would like to learn more about this space, please contact us at 906-487-3000.

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CTL Staff Members Earn Making a Difference Staff Awards

The CTL is thrilled and honored to report that two of our staff were recognized at the January 4 Making A Difference Staff Awards banquet sponsored by Staff Council. Jeff Toorongian won in the "Unsung Hero" category, and Margaret Landsparger in the "Above and Beyond" category. Thanks to all of those that supported their nominations and recognized their contributions!

Jackson Graduate Online Learning Grant Winners Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning announces the funding of three proposals intended to build and strengthen online learning at the graduate level. These proposals were selected for their potential to expand online graduate enrollment and help instructors learn online instructional tools and current best practices. The funded proposals are:

  • "Master's Degree Program in Natural Resources." PI—Andrew Storer (Associate Dean, SFRES), $21,000.
  • "Core Courses for Applied Sciences Education Masters." PI— Shari Stockero (CLS), $10,000.
  • "Pilot Development for Graduate Program in Powertrain Systems." Co-PI's—Jeff Burl (ECE) and Jeremy Worm (ME-EM/Mobile Lab Director), $5,000.

Principal Investigators will begin work with their departmental teams this summer, building both online teaching skills and new course materials with the help of CTL staff. Work will continue through the 2016-17 academic year, with new courses implemented in the fall of 2017. Congratulations to these recipients, and thanks to all of those who submitted proposals.