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.
Build a more inclusive community in your class with NameCoach
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 new “NameCoach” tool that’s available in the left toolbar of every Canvas course this fall 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 sections. “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 less than five minutes, and students new to Michigan Tech will be asked to record their names as part of orientation this fall. Instructors are encouraged to record their own names and to ask all returning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (7-1111). This initial implementation of NameCoach was co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.