About Teaching Engagements

What are "Teaching Engagements"?

Teaching Engagements are offered 2-5 times a year by the Teaching & Learning Advisory Council.  They are practical seminars, workshops, or lectures, usually 60 to 90 minutes long, aimed at improving  teaching and learning at NMU by introducing innovative methods, new ideas and philosophies, or other techniques.


Got a classroom exercise or activity that works well for you?

TLAC is always looking for opportunities to share good practices with the campus community!  Pease contact us at TLAC@nmu.edu




Resources/Videos of Select Past Teaching Engagements


Using Social Media for Case Studies and Simulations  -- Dr. Kristi Burdick, Nursing

April 13, 2012  12-1:30 PM   --  Harden 109

Dr. Burdick will demonstrate a unique use of social media to simulate application of teaching material.  No, this isn’t a “Be Facebook friends with your students!” workshop.  This work won the best poster award at a recent Simulation conference at Drexel University.  In brief, Kristi created a fictional every-person for Facebook who shared with “friends” (the class) her medical problems. The results have been very positive.  Kristi will discuss how this methodology can be adapted for other disciplines.

Video of the talk



Active Learning Practicalities & Technologies -- Dr. Jill Leonard, Biology

March 16, 2012    12-1 PM  -- Harden 108

Dr. Leonard will share some of her experiences using Active Learning  in her Biology classes, including activities in the recently constructed Active  Learning classroom in the Harden Hall.  She will focus on the practical aspects of integrating Active Learning techniques into a classroom  environment and on demonstrating  a few of the tools of Harden Hall's Active Learning Classroom.   This talk will not focus on the physical sciences in particular, and should be of use for integrating methods into any classroom.



Discussions that Work  -- Dr. Judy Puncochar

Friday, April 8, 2011

Description: Quick and easy-to-implement discussion strategies to use in classes of any size --  asking effective questions, increasing critical thinking skills, reciprocal questioning, assessing students' learning after a discussion, and much more.

Discussion Handout (contains detailed instructions/examples of various methods, with links to further resources)

video of the talk



Why Engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? - Jeff Bernstein
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM


Making the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Part of Your Professional Agenda - Jeff Bernstein
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM


College Level Academic Games in the Curriculum
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 3:45 PM


Township for Tolerance Forum
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM


Strategies for Managing Large Classrooms
Date: Monday, November 12, 2007
Time: 5:00 PM
Duration: 00:43:39

Plagiarism: What Is Acceptable Use of Others' Words and Images?
Date: Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 00:57:41


Classroom Preparedness
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time: 4:00 PM
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Faculty Grants
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Time: 4:00 PM
Duration: 1:04:00

Promotion and Tenure Workshop
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2007
Time: 4:00 PM
Duration: 1:35:02

Date: Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Time: 1:00 PM Location: JXJ 101 
Description: John Blattner, Butzel Long Attorneys and Counselors
will give a presentation on copyright-trademark violations.