University Services: The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

For those newer to the University, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is a department established as a source of pedagogical expertise for University of Detroit Mercy faculty. The CETL is in place to: Promote inquiry Inspire perspectives Support methodology Innovate teaching and scholarship A great deal of our efforts go toward coordinating […]

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A Vinyasa Approach to Self-Care and Reflection

by Mia Hairston, CETL Staff ~A lesson in every session Generally, yoga gives us a glimpse of our internal state and challenges us to push beyond our limits on and off our mats. The subtle approach of Vinyasa is less about the physicality of the practice, but more so about mental attributes of acceptance and […]

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Project-Based Learning 101

by Mia Hairston, CETL Staff “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself” – John Dewey Active-learning modalities continue to enhance traditional teaching and learning methodologies, promoting inquiry-based, multidisciplinary, and authentic outcomes. Such approaches require greater levels of intention and effort on behalf of educators and students. Student-driven project-based experiences have been proven […]

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Pedagogical Practice: Service Learning

By Timia Hairston, CETL Staff Hundreds of University of Detroit Mercy students pursue service learning opportunities as the means to fulfill an academic requirement each year. What they may not know is that embarking on such an experience can also lead them to be inspired and fulfilled, both civically and personally. Our founders understood the […]

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Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning allows students to actively engage in real-world projects. Such an approach allows students to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex problem or challenges with sustained attention. This is a learner-centered approach which fosters critical thinking skills. Photo courtesy of Pexels. […]

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Scaffolding

This refers to assignments and learning units within a course that are structured to build upon each other, leading to student comprehension and learning outcomes and objectives. A complex assignment may be broken up into smaller tasks that serve as opportunities for formative assessment. Photos courtesy of Pexels. […]

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