Faculty Development

The mission of the Joint Institute Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) is to promote and ensure teaching excellence in the Joint Institute (JI).

CLT Committee

Since its establishment in August, 2019, CLT Committee has held dozens of activities, including training for new faculty, training for online and offline teaching, teaching seminars, and luncheon parties, etc.

Director

Member

Center for Learning and Teaching Mailbox (ji-clt@sjtu.edu.cn)

The Center for Learning and Teaching Mailbox receives emails from TAs whenever the TAs have problems regarding their job. If the TA prefers to do the consultation online rather than face-to-face communication, the mailbox provides them with opportunities and access to getting help and consultation from experienced TA Mentors.

Date&Time Theme Venue
Wed. 17th November, 2023 Research as Reflection to Improve Teaching Practices Longbin Building 415B
Wed. 10th November, 2023 From Big Picture to Small Details: Improving students’ technical communication skills by focusing in the logical structures of report conventions Longbin Building 415B
Fri. 27th October, 2023 Elevating Service and Recognition in Professional Societies Longbin Building 415B
Fri. 20th October, 2023 Elevating Service and Recognition in Professional Societies Longbin Building 415B
Wed. 27th September, 2023 Workshop on Professional Societies Involvements Longbin Building 444
Thu. 20th July, 2023 How to Teach a Course with Unfamiliar Content Longbin Building 403
Fri. 16th June, 2023 Second CLT Faculty Lunch Meeting 23SU Feishu Meeting
Wed. 31st May, 2023 Course Projects Application Experience Sharing Longbin Building 403
Tue. 18th Apr., 2023 The Case for Philosophy of Engineering Longbin Building 454
Fri. 7th Apr., 2023 How to “Make More Time”_Effective Time Management for a University Professor Longbin Building 403
Fri. 17th Mar., 2023 Whole-Person Education through Interdisciplinary Learnings Longbin Building 403
Fri. 3rd Mar., 2023 Training on Using Canvas & Feishu to Teach Longbin Building 403
Fri. 24th Feb., 2023 ChatGPT in Higher Education Chen Ruiqiu Building 504
Fri. 17th Dec., 2021 ME & MSE Crisis Task Force -2 Long Bin Building 403
Thu. 2rd Dec., 2021 ME & MSE Crisis Task Force -1 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 23rd Jun., 2021 SJTU CLTD-8 Long Bin Building 503
Tue. 8th Jun., 2021 CATME Info Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 2nd Jun., 2021 SJTU CLTD-7 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 26th May, 2021 SJTU CLTD-6 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 19th May, 2021 ABET Introduction Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 28th Apr., 2021 SJTU CLTD-5 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 21st Apr., 2021 SJTU CLTD-4 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 14th Apr., 2021 SJTU CLTD-3 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 7th Apr., 2021 SJTU CLTD-2 Long Bin Building 503
Wed. 31st Mar., 2021 SJTU CLTD-1 Long Bin Building 503
Tue. 1st Sep., 2020 ME Group Projects online
Fri. 17th Jul., 2020 Class Interaction Long Bin Building 403
Fri. 29th May, 2020 New Faculty Orientation on Teaching online
Mon. 27th Apr., 2020 Summer Course Training online
Tue. 10th Dec., 2019 Assessment Management Long Bin Building 403
Tue. 3rd Dec., 2019 Lecture Hour Adjustment Long Bin Building 403
Fri. 29th Nov., 2019 Free discussion, challenges Long Bin Building 403
Fri. 8th Nov., 2019 Interactive classrooms 2 Long Bin Building 403
Fri. 1st Nov., 2019 Interactive classrooms 1 Long Bin Building 223
Tue. 15th Oct., 2019 Class Interaction Long Bin Building 444

Research as Reflection to Improve Teaching Practices

JI CLT Lunch Meeting   Wed. 17th November, 2023   Room 415B – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Kyung Min Kim

Workshop

In this talk, Dr. Kim will discuss how she utilizes qualitative research to enhance learning outcomes in her classes. The talk will start with a brief overview of her research on academic socialization and its impact on academic identities, including creating supportive learning communities. Then, she will primarily share specific examples of how her research has influenced her teaching practices.

From Big Picture to Small Details: Improving students’ technical communication skills by focusing in the logical structures of report conventions

JI CLT Lunch Meeting   Wed. 10th November, 2023   Room 415B – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Thomoas Edwin Bowden

Workshop

In 2008, when I first came to the JI to teach, I faced the prospect of teaching 300 students for whom English was a second language. Without any training in ESL and assuming such skills were best taught one-on-one with students, I needed to develop a way to teaching technical communications that would allow students to write reports that successfully communicate technical information and that would not require endless hours of assessment for myself. The hypothesis I developed was simple but required two assumptions to be correct: (1) If students could understand the logic behind the structure of technical reports then the expression of those ideas would be clear and sensible to readers, and (2) if students—native English speakers or not—do not understand the logical structure of technical reports then they will be unable to clearly explain matters they do not understand. The results of the method were largely borne out by the results, as exemplified in their individual and team reports and their presentations. The method was further refined over time, from the overall structure of the report to topic sentences and paragraph organization.

Elevating Service and Recognition in Professional Societies

JI CLT Lunch Meeting   Fri. 27th October, 2023   Room 415B – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow

Workshop

Has been an IEEE member for more than thirty years, and has joined more than eight different professional societies at different times, Professor Chow will share his experience on how and why he has gradually narrowed down and selected his home society, his involvements, and services.

Elevating Service and Recognition in Professional Societies

JI CLT Lunch Meeting   Fri. 20th October, 2023   Room 415B – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Jaehyung Ju

Workshop

Jaehyung Ju, an Associate Professor of the UM-SJTU Joint Institute, was recently elected as an ASME Fellow. In this talk, Jaehyung will share his experience preparing for this award. While introducing the contents of the ASME Fellow application package and the review procedure, he will share his specific strategies to achieve the prize. Because the application package requires a long membership period (>10 years) and commitment, he will also share his experience sticking to the target society without the temptation to leave.

Workshop on Professional Societies Involvements

JI Faculty Development   Wed. 27th September, 2023   Room 444 – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. David Hung

How to Teach a Course with Unfamiliar Content

JI CLT lunch meeting – Thursday 20th July 2023   Room 403 – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Yongxing SHEN

Workshop

This workshop is primarily for new faculty members. In this workshop, Dr. Yongxing Shen will share his experience in developing a new course with unfamiliar content using backward thinking. Questions to address include how to plan the course and how to fill the time in a lecture when planned content is to be finished ahead of time.

 

Course Projects Application Experience Sharing

JI CLT lunch meeting – Wednesday 31st May 2023   Room 403 – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Yanfeng Shen

Workshop

Course Projects are important resources for further constructing course profiles and improving teaching quality. They may also serve as acknowledgement of current high-level course standards. The speaker will talk about his past experience in preparing documents for course projects application. Key elements and aspects will be addressed and discussed.

 

The Case for Philosophy of Engineering

JI CLT lunch meeting – Tuesday 18th April 2023   Room 454 – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Carl Mitcham

Workshop

Dr. Mitcham is a philosopher of engineering and technology, a professor emeritus of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines and a visiting international professor of philosophy of technology at Renmin University of China. This talk will give a short, informal account of the origins of philosophy of Engineering and present a case for its importance.

 

How to “Make More Time”_Effective Time Management for a University Professor

JI CLT lunch meeting – Friday 7th April 2023   Room 403 – Longbin Building

Speaker

Dr. Mian Li

Workshop

Dr. Mian Li will be sharing some of his own experiences and his thoughts on what it means to be a successful educator, as well as some tips regarding effective time management as a university professor.

 

Whole-Person Education through Interdisciplinary Learnings

JI CLT lunch meeting – Friday 17th March 2023   Room 403 – Longbin Building

The topic for this lunch meeting is whole-person education and interdisciplinary learning.

Speakers

Dr. Chien-Pin Chen and Dr. Jie Li

Workshop

Dr. Chien-Pin Chen and Dr. Jie Li will be sharing some of their thoughts on whole-person education and interdisciplinary learning. Dr. Chen is newly appointed as the Dean of JI, and Dr. Li acts as an adjunct professor and the co-director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Education of JI. Dr. Li’s research and teaching areas include luxury brand management: from design to marketing, luxury branding strategy, corporate strategy/entrepreneurship and internationalization strategy of Chinese companies.

 

Training on Using Canvas & Feishu to Teach

JI CLT lunch meeting – Friday 3rd March 2023   Room 403 – Longbin Building

The topic for this lunch meeting is the training on using Canvas & Feishu.

Speaker

Mr. Yunlong Cai

Workshop

Mr. Yunlong Cai will give some training on Canvas & Feishu. While this training will be useful for new faculty members, senior instructors are also encouraged to attend. Additionally, Mr. Cai will provide instructions on how to register a jAccount, book a meeting room, and use JI printers, which will be particularly helpful for new staff.

 

Teaching and Learning Forum (Global Version) – ChatGPT in Higher Education

Joint Event by JI CLT and SJTU CTLD – Friday 24th February 2023     Room 504 – Chen Ruiqiu Building

The topic for the joint event is the discussion of generative AI (ChatGPT) and its effect on higher education.

Speakers

Dr. Peter Weise, Dr. Manuel Charlemagne

Workshop

With the release and widespread spread of ChatGPT, generative AI is transforming every aspect of society, and of course higher education is also being affected. In this workshop,an overview of generative AI’s capabilities, academic policies and pedagogical strategies to address its use will be provided. Dr. Manuel Charlemagne will focus on courses with mathematics and coding, while Dr. Peter Weise will focus on courses that depend on writing and qualitative analysis. An open discussion will follow.

 

CLT Forum – ME & MSE Crisis Task Force -2

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 17th December 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for December forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

Prof. Zheng Gang formed a task force to initiate discussions amongst the faculty on the undergraduate enrollment crisis that the ME and MSE programs face. The ME&MSE Task Force and CLT will hold a lunch meeting to present their near-term plan and hear faculty ideas on longer-term reform of the two programs, especially on Year-2 to -4 curricula. All faculty (ECE, LAD, Math/Science) are also welcome to attend and contribute ideas.

 

CLT Forum – ME & MSE Crisis Task Force -1

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Thursday 2rd December 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for December forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

Prof. Zheng Gang formed a task force to initiate discussions amongst the faculty on the undergraduate enrollment crisis that the ME and MSE programs face. JI CLT and ME & MSE Crisis Task Force will have brainstorming about the survival issue of our ME & MSE programs. The task force met on Friday 11/19 and brainstormed several ideas to start. The top-line recommendation of the task force is the setting of enrollment caps (quotas) for all three majors. Absent this hard rule to address the crisis, the task force has other recommendations to delay, if not avert, the catastrophic collapse of the two smaller programs.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 8

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 23rd June 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for June forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 8th session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the kinds of feedback and teaching logic required by the students. What’s more, why evaluation is needed in university teaching will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – CATME Info

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Tuesday 8th June (12:30-14:00) 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for June forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is an information session on a potentially useful tool called CATME, developed by Purdue University. Prof. Horst has tested aspects of CATME and will share his experience. The tool allows students collaborating in group work to evaluate and give feedback to each other as well as to the instructor. It is able to identify flag attempts at manipulation, over- and underconfident students, non-performing students and many other situations. The tool can also be used to randomly form groups satisfying certain constraints. For courses featuring group work, this may be helpful.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 7

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 2nd June 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for June forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 7th session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the topic of how to use questions to stimulate interest. What’s more, methods to use questions to organize courses will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 6

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 26th May 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for May forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 6th session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the topic of understanding students. What’s more, methods and examples of improving students course learning experience will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – ABET Introduction

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Wednesday 19th May 503 – Long Bin Building.

The topic for May forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Speaker:

Prof. Gang Zheng.

Prof. Zheng will give a speech on the topic of ABET oriented teaching quality control system at JI. Prof. Zheng has made tremendous contributions to build up ABET system at JI, he provided a systematic introduction on ABET several years ago. However, as we have welcomed many new faculties ever since, it seems necessary for new comers to learn the ABET system and for veterans to refresh memories.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 5

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 28th April 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for April forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 5th session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the topic of class management and after class reflection and special attributes of course experience. What’s more, special attributes of course experience will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 4

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 21st April 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for April forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 4th session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the topic of the feedback of setting learning target and taking exercise. What’s more, methods to access the learning outcome will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 3

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 14th April 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for April forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 3rd session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In this session, we will focus on the topic of the feedback of setting learning target and taking exercise. What’s more, methods to access the learning outcome will be included in this session.

 

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD – 2

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum –Wednesday 7th April 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for April forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Workshop

This is the 2nd session in a series designed by SJTU CLTD to provide basic training for college teaching. This workshop will continue on the topic of design of teaching plans. In particular, we will focus on the topic of target setting. First, speaker will introduce the process of making an instructional plan. Following we will do some target setting exercise and analyze the feedback of the exercise. And you can discuss freely after finishing a series of exercises.

CLT Forum – SJTU CLTD -1

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Wednesday 31st March 503 – Long Bin Building

The topic for March forum meeting is the design of teaching plans.

Speaker

Lei Xing, the Chief Trainer in the Center for Teaching and Learning Development, SJTU.

Workshop

The following topics will be discussed:

– Student-centered educational philosophy

– Process of designing an instructional plan

– Assessment of the class

– Steps to design in-class teaching activities

 

CLT Forum – ME Group Projects

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Tuesday 1st September (14:00-15:30) – online

The topic for November forum meeting is ME Group Projects.

Workshop

CLT would like to call a meeting to discuss the assessment strategy for all group projects in ME curriculum. In JI, ME students have heavy group assignments almost every term. From time to time, we receive students’ complaints about the grading policy and work load. Recently a few ME faculty members also raised some points to improve the quality of our overall curriculum.

In this meeting let’s share our thoughts on the following items:

Fair grading policy to assess individual contribution in group projects

Balancing the overall weight of group assignments in ME

 

CLT Forum – Class Interaction

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 17th July 403 – Long Bin Building.

The topic for July forum meeting is class interaction.

Speakers:

Prof. Zhang Jun.

Prof. Zhang will give a speech on the topic of design of Interaction on online class. During the workshop, Prof. Zhang will first introduce the effect of interaction on class. Teachers can get feedback of the class and balance the difference of students by interaction. Also, the strategy of interaction is mentioned by Prof. Zhang. At the last of Zhang’s speech, he will talk about the key point of interaction online, including monitor, feedback and engagement.

In this workshop, we leave some time for Q&A, you can ask any question you want to know.

 

CLT Forum – Summer Course Training

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Monday 27th April (20:00-23:00) online.

The topic for April forum meeting is summer course training.

Workshop:

The workshop will cover the following topic:

– Functions in Zoom and Canvas supporting online teaching, by Allan ZHU, IT Manager.

– Online exams, Piazza, polling function in Zoom, comparison between live and pre-recorded lectures, by Horst

– Student engagement and classroom interaction, functions of the Zoom chat, TA’s role, by Yongxing

– Lessons/mistakes in making short videos, by Qiang

– Group discussions in break out rooms, interactive classes, recordings to make short presentations, by Sam

– Other tips and techniques, by all faculty

 

CLT Forum – New Faculty Orientation on Teaching

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 29th May (19:00-20:30) online.

The topic for May forum meeting is new faculty orientation on teaching.

Workshop:

CLT, Center for Learning and Teaching, would like to hold a workshop for the 2020 JI new faculty on teaching. This workshop is specifically for our new JI faculty.

At the beginning of the workshop, Qiang Zhang will give a brief introduction. Then, Yongxing Shen will give a talk above the topic of surviving your first semester at the JI, and beyond. Also, Pin Chen will introduce TT review, tenure and promotion procedure. And Gang Zheng will talk to all the JI new faculty. At last, we leave a Q&A session. You can ask any question you want to know.

CLT Forum – Assessment Management

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Tuesday 10th December 403 – Long Bin Building

The topic for December forum meeting is assessment management.

Speakers:

Prof. CP Chen, Asso. Dean/Professor with tenure

Prof. CP is Tang Junyuan Chair Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2017. He is an experienced educator in Mechanical Engineering.

In the workshop, CP Chen will give a speech about the topic of assessment method in teaching. In the speech, CP mainly focuses on the change in Student Outcomes from ABET point of view. In addition, CP emphasizes that every student should have their own solution and they should have the ability to communicate with a range of audiences.

Prof. Yaping Dan, Associate professor

Prof. Yaping is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has been a teacher in JI since 2012. Yaping is good at quizzes in class and he will share his experience in the workshop. From the view of Yaping, the purpose of quiz in class is not to test students, but to prompt open discussion. Also, attendees will discuss their different methods to promote discussion in class.

 

CLT Forum – Lecture Hour Adjustment

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Tuesday 3rd December 403 – Long Bin Building.

The topic for December forum meeting is lecture hour adjustment.

Workshop:

CLT, Center for Learning and Teaching, would like to hold a workshop for adjustment in lecture time.

In this workshop, we want to talk about the proposal to adjust lecture hours at JI.

The purposes of adjusting the lecture hour includes promoting the interaction between students and teacher, reducing the workload of students and better aligning with the UM course organization.

 

CLT Forum – Free discussion, challenges

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 29th November (16:00-17:30) 403 – Long Bin Building

The topic for November forum meeting is free discussion and challenges.

Welcome & Introduction:

Andrew Yang

Workshop:

This City Learning & Teaching Forum will focus on the topic of teaching experience. This workshop is a free discussion without setting structure.

Beginning with introduction of the attendees, each one will share his/her teaching challenges, experiences, thoughts, hopes, etc. Specially, they will share their opinion on the relationship between grades and engagement of class based on the experience.

We hope that this Forum will explore how we can improve the quantity of student participation in classes and find out why students focus so much on grades.

 

CLT Forum – Interactive classroom 2

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 8th November 403 – Long Bin Building

The topic for November forum meeting is Interactive classroom.

Speakers:

Prof. Abdelmadjid Mesli, Director of research, CNRS, France

Prof. Mesli is a well-established researcher and experienced educator from CNRS, France. He is now an adjunct professor at JI and has been teaching at JI in the past 3 years. He is passionate in teaching and very serious about assuring quality of the courses.

In today’s presentation, Mesli will continue the topic on suggestions to promote an interactive classroom. Also, he will focus on some current general issues in learning and teaching at JI from the last launch meeting. How to make students pay more attention on interaction, how to arrange a manageable class, how to promote the teaching quality of the junior and senior year students will be included in this session. You can share your constructive suggestions during the discussion.

CLT Forum – Interactive classroom 1

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Friday 1st November 223 – Long Bin Building

The topic for November forum meeting is Interactive classroom.

Speakers:

Prof. Abdelmadjid Mesli, Director of research, CNRS, France

Prof. Mesli is a well established researcher and experienced educator from CNRS, France. He is now an adjunct professor at JI and has been teaching at JI in the past 3 years. He is passionate in teaching and very serious about assuring quality of the courses.

In today’s presentation, Mesli will talk about how to promote interaction. Interaction is necessary for teaching, since it can help teacher get the feedback and adjust their teaching. Mesli will talk about the difference between the French higher education system and the US system, and compare the middle-east students with students in JI. Based on the fact that JI students are not active in class and after class, he will share his experience in changing students form passive to active. In this session, you can discuss freely on how to promote interaction both in class and after.

CLT Forum – Class Interaction

Center for Learning and Teaching Forum – Tuesday 15th October 444 – Long Bin Building

The topic for October forum meeting is Class Interaction.

Speakers:

Dr. Mary-Ann Mycek, Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education        

Mary-Ann Mycek, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering & the Medical School, a Faculty Member in the Applied Physics Graduate Program, and a Core Member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Diann Brei, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chair Department of Integrative System and Design.

Diann Brei is the Chair of Integrative Systems + Design. Brei is also a Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education of Mechanical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and her B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University. Her research interests include design, smart materials and structures, sensor and actuator design, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), structural dynamics, vibration and noise control, microfabrication techniques for electroactive materials, and optimization of transducers and smart structures. Before serving as Chair of ISD, Diann was the Program Director for ISD’s Design Science Doctoral Program.