University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Center for Learning and Teaching

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) of UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI) was established in September 2010. The major focus of CLT-JI is to offer teaching and learning services that are relevant, practical and interesting to JI faculty, graduate students, and teaching assistants. The center is engaged to the development of institutional environments in which diverse students can learn and excel.

CLT-JI has launched two major programs:

Faculty Development programs: these include series of seminars held for the JI faculty and staff to explore and discuss issues related to teaching and learning; series of workshops for teaching faculty to exchange ideas and discoveries in teaching innovation, instructional technology, and pedagogical development.

Teaching Assistant Program: CLT-JI has developed a comprehensive TA program for all the teaching assistants working for the JI. This program starts from a streamlined TA recruitment and hiring process, continues with professional training sessions, mid-term consultation, and final performance evaluation. The TA training sessions include a full-day TA orientation conference in the first week of each JI Summer and Fall semester, and on-going hands-on, teaching and learning workshops during the semester.