The University of Michigan Department of Mathematics has a collected set of instructional technology resources that are available to instructors of courses in the Department. This page is a short overview of some of those.
The resources include Instructional Resources, that are specifically aimed at providing assistance with teaching or assessment, and Logistical Resources, which serve to facilitate the administration of the (really big) program that we run here. Examples of the Instructional Resources include the Intro Program Instructor site, Problem Bank, and Web Homework and Gateway Testing. Examples of the latter include the Student Data Sheet and Exam Data System.
Note that if you are teaching in the Uniform Courses in the Introductory Program (Math 105, 115, and 116—precalculus, calculus I and II) you will find that you use a different set of these resources than if you're teaching in the other Introductory Program Courses (Math 215 and 216—calculus III and differential equations) or other courses in the Department.
- The Instructors' Site for Uniform Intro
Program Courses is (not publicized, but is at...)
[more..]The Instructors' Site includes information for instructors of Math 105, 115, and 116. This includes detailed day-by-day lesson plans, in some cases sample quizzes, useful forms, etc. If you have questions about the content of the Instructors' Site for your course you should check with your course coordinator.
- The Department's Instructional Technology Site, <http://instruct.math.lsa.umich.edu/>, includes links to almost all of the resources available to students and instructors in the Department.
- There is a Problem Bank of sample quiz and
homework problems for Intro Program Courses (primarily
105, 115 and 116, with a few 215 and 216 problems). Math
the problem bank.
[more..]A good way to use the problem bank is to first search for problems that sound like they'd be what you want. If you find that you're not getting the hits you need, and know what section of your course you're looking for problems for, try browsing the archive instead. If you have problems that would add to the problem bank that you'd like to contribute, contact Gavin LaRose, <
- CTools is the University's Course and
Project Site Management System. You can log on and create
course (or project) sites at
The Department also has some
template courses that should facilitate
your use of CTools.
[more..]The CTools Templates are "preconfigured" samples that you can copy and make into your own course sites. The tutorial tells how to do this step by step. They may also contain other useful information about the course, including sample instructor handouts, syllabi, etc.—these will be in the Instructor resources folder that you can import, as described in the tutorial.
- Sample Instructor Handouts may also be
available on-line. Check with your course coordinator for more
information about this possibility.
[more..]There is a special CTools template for each of the Introductory Program courses (in particular 105, 115 and 116); template files may be located in the resources folder you import for those courses. Your coordinator may make files available elsewhere as well.
- There is a Departmental Course Repository for
non-introductory courses, organized by course, term and
documentation is available, and the
is available to all Math Faculty (this excludes graduate
students, because grad courses are included in the repository).
[more..]If you're teaching a non-Intro Program Course we'll be asking to add your course materials to the repository! The repository includes most courses that are taught in the department that are numbered under 600.
- The Student Data Sheet is used at the
beginning of each semester. The
form will allow you to see the responses of students in your
[more..]Students will submit data by going to the link on the front instructional technology page. If you are teaching one of of the coordinated Intro Program courses (105, 115, 116, 215 or 216), there will (or may) be a link on the front page of that course's home page as well. If you want to put a link on your own course page, the URL is
- On-line Homework and Gateway
Testing are used by the Intro Program
courses. Gateway tests are used in
On-line homework is used in
and 217 (see the
instructional tech page
for the link for 217).
[more..]It's worth noting that you can see the homework and gateways by logging on to your course without going through the "instructors' links" given above. If you click the homework link for your students you can log on and look at the homework or gateways for your course. Also note that by default you're assigned all of the homework or gateways that your students are assigned, so that you can see what they're working on.
- Other Stuff: (but wait, there's more!)
There are a number of other instructional technology
applications that aren't discussed here. These include a
data system, a
and tutorial systems that work as a back-end to the gateway
tests. For more information about any of these, contact
Gavin LaRose at <