The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning works to continuously improve teaching and learning at all instructional levels at Michigan Tech, advancing the vision of "One University Focused on Learning." We focus on training, support and consultation for instructional techniques and education technologies and highlight and recognize outstanding instructional contributions.
Jackson Active Learning Classroom
Since William G. Jackson’s gift three years ago, the CTL has 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 in January.
The classroom, located in Rekhi Hall G05, seats up to 60 students and is configured with round tables to promote and enhance student interaction and collaboration. The room includes seven Mersive Solstice pods, which allow students to wirelessly share content from their laptops, tablets, or phones with group members or the whole class.
The classroom will be available for “beta testing” during the Summer 2016 semester and is expected to be fully operational by the Fall 2016 semester. If you would like to learn more about this space, please contact the Jackson CTL at 487-3000.
Instructors interested in teaching in the Jackson Active Learning Classroom during either the summer or fall are encouraged to complete the application by the May 2, 2016 deadline.
New at the Jackson CTL
The Jackson CTL has been working diligently on several initiatives to expand our support of teaching and learning at Michigan Tech:
NEW IGSC3 Program for International Students
The International Graduate Student Communication and Cultural Center (IGSC3), formally known as IGTAAP, has been broadened to support ALL international graduate students on campus including Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). The goal of IGSC3 is to help international students prepare for participation on research teams as well as in conference presentations, thesis/dissertation work and teaching roles.
Broader Lecture Capture Capability
Our new Educational Technologist, Nora Laho, will focus on supporting the newly implemented Panopto lecture capture technology in many large classrooms across campus. Instructors, scheduled to teach in these classrooms have been contacted to schedule automatic screen or document camera and audio capture in these rooms. The Panopto technology also allows simple webcam or screen-capture recording on almost any desktop; if interested in creating "on-demand" recordings, please request a CTL consultation today to discuss your project.
Consultations To Meet Your Interests
Speaking of consultationrequests, we encourage you to use our new online à la carte Consultation Request Form to schedule a meeting with CTL staff. We are here to help you strategize and implement pedagogical approaches as well as use education technology in and out of class to support student engagement and learning. This includes use of Canvas learning management system, video capture, iClickers classroom response system, and much more.
Computerized Testing Room Conversion
The Michigan Tech Testing Center has two locations (around the corner from the Jackson CTL in Library 226 as well as in Rekhi 215) to support computerized and accommodated testing at Michigan Tech. Over the summer, Rekhi 215 was converted to offer 17 testing carrels for large groups of accommodated testers, each with its own new computer. Flexible seating in the same room allows for additional accommodated paper/pencil testers or up to 12 laptops in a variety of arrangements. Cubbies, shelves and coat racks provide space for students to keep backpacks and other items that students should not access during testing.