William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

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 Jackson Active Learning 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 is currently being tested by summer faculty and has drawn the attention of local news media.  Click here to view TV6's coverage of the Jackson Active Learning Classroom. 

The classroom is expected to be fully operational by the fall 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 are encouraged to complete the application at their earliest convenience. 

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.