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The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) offers many opportunities for the advancement of innovative learning and pedagogical approaches to support faculty, departments, and units on campus. Join us during the academic year for a monthly Teaching Table at which our SVSU colleagues share their expertise and experience over a lunch in the Emeriti Room.  In February, CAI hosts an annual Teaching and Learning Symposium that explores a single theme and showcases innovative teaching and scholarship from SVSU faculty. Apply for individual or department grants to support student learning, take one of CAI’s course development classes, or drop by for an individual consultation. We are here to draw the campus community together to share expertise, showcase innovative practices, and explore emerging pedagogical models. 

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Teaching Tables

The Center offers a variety of teaching tables and workshops in different formats to support the implementation of evidence-based teaching practices.

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Teaching & Learning Symposium

The annual Teaching and Learning Symposium is a showcase for innovative teaching and learning projects, and a forum for faculty to engage in discussions, share ideas, and collaborate on teaching and learning projects.

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Workshops & Events

The Center offers a number of workshops and events to help faculty learn about evidence-based teaching practices, new technology and learning approaches.

Teaching Table Dates





September  17

11:30am-1:00pm Creating an Inclusive Classroom Learning Environment Ryan Rigda

October 15 

11:30am-1:00pm Community Engagement/Service Learning Dawn Hinton

October 23 

Noon-1:30pm “Creating Writing Based Activities and Assignments” Workshop  Dr. Elizabeth Wardle, Scott Kowalewski, and Emily J. Beard-Bohn

November  6

11:30am-1:00pm Deep v. Shallow Work Poonam Kumar, Warren Fincher, Travis Pashak, and Sheruni Ratnabalasuriar

January 16 

11:30am-1:00pm Preparing for and Planning Sabbatical Janet Rentsch (Office of Sponsored Programs), Mark Giesler, Sherrin Frances, Brandon Haskett, and Jason Pagano

February  19

11:30am-1:00pm Getting Published Lee Trepanier

March 11 

11:30am-1:00pm Interprofessional Service Opportunities Judi Cox and the IPEC team (HHS)

April 2 

11:30am-1:00pm Interdisciplinary Project Idea Speed Dating Session Erik Trump

Past Teaching Symposium Booklets