William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

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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2018 Academy of Teaching Excellence inductees

Congratulations to the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists 

They were honored at the 22nd annual Academy of Teaching Excellence Award banquet on Tuesday, April 9, 2019!

Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice Category

Andrew Barnard, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics. 
Lisa Johnson de Gordillo, Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts. 
Heather Knewtson, Assistant Professor, Business and Economics. 
Sheila Milligan, Senior Lecturer, Business and Economics. 
Jeff Wall, Assistant Professor, Business and Economics. 

Associate Professor/Professor Category

Andrew Burton, Professor, Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences. 
Molly Cavaleri, Associate Professor, Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences. 
Ann Maclean, Professor, Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences. 
Christopher Webster, Professor, Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences. 
Thomas Werner, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences.


Build a more inclusive community in your class with NameCoach

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Learning and correctly pronouncing names is challenging, but it’s one of the best things an instructor can do (and encourage students to do) to promote community in a class.  There’s evidence that learning names can reduce cheating, increase academic performance, and aid in classroom management.

The “NameCoach” tool that’s available in the left toolbar of every Canvas course at Michigan Tech should help with this!  “NameCoach Recorder” allows an instructor or student to record their correctly pronounced name as well as indicating an “honorific” and preferred pronouns.   (The system will even call a phone to make the recording if preferred!)   Recording once (for any class) will make the name available for all courses.  “NameCoach Roster” displays a list of recorded names, honorifics, and pronouns and allows class members to hear and practice any names.  A screencast demonstration is available.

The process takes is really easy and only takes a minute or two, and all students new to Michigan Tech will be asked to record their names as part of orientation..  Instructors are encouraged to record their own names and to ask all their students to do so as well.   Remember that names that might seem easy to pronounce (including your own!) may seem very difficult for others. 

Student questions about making recordings can be directed it-help@mtu.edu (7-1111). NameCoach was co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Dean of Students Office, and the Provost's Office.

CTL Instructional Award Series

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The CTL Instructional Award Series awards have been presented to John Irwin, Cécile Piret, and Roman Sidortsov. Visit the Faculty Recognition center to find out more and view past recipients.


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