The School of Natural Resources & Environment’s (SNRE) and College of Literature, Science, & the Arts’ Program in the Environment (PitE) are adopting an approach to teaching graduate and undergraduate students that exposes them to case-based learning using digital multimedia materials. The goal is to connect students with scholars from humanities; the social, natural and biomedical sciences; engineering and landscape architecture by creating Michigan Sustainability Case models that link students, faculty and professionals from the field in exploring sustainability topics. A master case already created, titled “Wolf Wars: Should We Hunt Gray Wolves in Michigan?” provides podcasts, videos and other digital materials that explain the debate among groups pushing for a hunt, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Commission and groups that are opposed to the idea.
Many of the University of Michigan’s introductory or gateway courses have large enrollments, so writing has not been a major part of the learning experience in those classes. Yet, appropriately framed writing assignments can help students better learn the core content of these courses while also fostering critical thinking skills. Using technology that includes a peer review system and automatic text analysis, faculty members from the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts (LSA) and the College of Engineering, in conjunction with the Sweetland Writing Center, will be using M-Write II to integrate writing-to-learn pedagogies into five large introductory courses.
It was inside-the-box thinking that led a multidisciplinary U-M team to reimagine a shipping container as an ophthalmology clinic in Jamaica.
Opened in late October 2016 inside a 20-by-8-foot customized shipping container, the new facility is the product of an unlikely collaboration between faculty members at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, the architecture school, as well as the University Health Service.