September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: How Can Faculty Support Students?

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the United States. Based on recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 in the U.S. and suicide is the 12th leading cause […]

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Teaching Students Time Management

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Many college students — particularly those who are in their first year — may find it difficult to effectively manage their time. For such students, college is often the very first period that they are responsible for managing their workload and schedule in order to complete assignments and course […]

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Attending to the Mental Health Needs of Students Using an Interactive Assignment

By Dr. Renady Hightower, Associate Professor, Health Services Administration  COVID-19 changed the world in 2020.  The effects of which reached into the lives of each of us in many ways.  COVID-19 research documents the pain and anguish felt across the spectrum of human existence.  Unfortunately, the ultimate sacrifice has been the numbers of lives lost […]

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How to Encourage Student Engagement with a Course Syllabus

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Current research highlights the importance of creating a well-designed syllabus which highlights themes of student belonging, support, and how these components may lead to higher rates of persistence and retention. Faculty often dedicate hours to crafting a well-balanced and well-designed syllabus that provides relevant information about course content, assignments, […]

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The Benefits of Team-Teaching in the Collegiate Classroom

By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Team teaching, also called co-teaching or collaborative teaching, allows students to learn from more than one instructor in a single course. The faculty in a team-taught course may have different teaching styles and content area knowledge which leads to a more inclusive class experience. The team approach also encourages […]

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How to Support LGBTQIA+ Students

An Interview with Megan Novell, Title IX Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty of English and Women’s and Gender Studies By: Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff At the University of Detroit Mercy and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, faculty and administrators frequently study, research, and consider methods for making their classrooms more inclusive. June […]

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Taking on the 14-Day Writing Challenge

Staying Accountable through the NCFDD By Dr. Erin Bell, CETL Staff Like many writers, I have grappled with writer’s block throughout my career. Finding the time required for scholarly writing amidst my other work/life responsibilities has often been challenging. Writing well requires time, space, and for many of us, quiet solitude, and these items are […]

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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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CETL Digital Education Services

Having an issue with your Blackboard course shell? Need advice about how to set up an examination or other assignment? Do you have other queries about how to employ an application or technology in your courses, Contact CETL’s Office of Digital Education for assistance. See below for guidelines and helpful information to make sure your […]

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Support Your Career via the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity is a leading provider of professional development for faculty. University of Detroit Mercy faculty and instructors have access to the services that NCFDD provides via an institutional membership. Working with over 250 member colleges and universities NCFDD supports faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students in making successful […]

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