Michigan State University is a place for remarkable innovation in learning and technology. These projects exemplify the types of work that the Hub will help to connect, amplify, and expand.
Brody Engagement Center Art Installation
Assessing informal learning outcomes – As part of the 2016 MSU Science Festival, scientific illustrations by Peter Carrington, collections manager for MSU’s Beal Botanical Garden, were displayed in Brody Square to enhance the space and visitor experience. The exhibit was designed to reveal connections between art and science and prompt visitors to consider the value of an interdisciplinary (T‐shaped) mindset. We helped develop assessments for informal learning outcomes of the fine art installation to inform Science Festival, Neighborhood, and Career Services programming in 2016.
Partners: MSU Neighborhoods, Residential and Hospitality Services , MSU Career Services, Beal Botanical Gardens
More info: Science Art Exhibit Promotes MSU Science Festival, Close Observer: Peter Carrington’s Path to Purpose, Art in Science: Putting Your Passion to Work
Expanding global learning – In partnership with MSU’s School of Journalism, College of Arts and Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the Eli Broad College of Business, MSU Hub launched the university’s presence on Coursera. Four different specializations, including game design and development, entrepreneurship, photography, and journalism, were introduced. Additional offerings included project-based courses in infographic design, screenwriting, and transmedia. The production of these courses established a leverageable, replicable methodology for supporting faculty’s engagement with Coursera and other online learning platforms. MSU’s College of Music, College of Social Science, and College of Education are currently exploring potential Coursera offerings.
DOW STEM Scholars
Supporting early STEM students through general math courses – The DOW STEM Scholars is a summer bridge program that provides academic support to incoming students declaring a STEM major who place in Math 1825, Intermediate College Algebra and Trigonometry. The Hub supported DOW staff to develop an enhanced orientation program, a blended learning experience that would allow DOW to better meet the needs of an increasing number of students, and helped coordinate the assessment efforts focused on the Math portion of the program. The revised program launched in summer 2016.
Creating a cohort-based, interdisciplinary learning experience – MSU Hub is collaborating with MSU’s three Integrative Studies Centers to design, launch, and evaluate an integrative studies pilot. The pilot will link integrative arts and humanities (IAH), integrative social science (ISS), and integrative biological and physical science (ISB and ISP) courses on a themed track that students will move through in cohorts. Faculty, students, and advisors will collaborate to design an engaging, cohort-based experience that will facilitate interdisciplinary learning. The Hub will guide these design teams through curriculum development and facilitate connections with campus resources.
Math Quantitative Literacy
Informing future revisions of alternative math courses – The Quantitative Literacy (QL) course was piloted in Fall 2015 as an alternative pathway for non-STEM majors to meet the quantitative literacy undergraduate learning goal. QL has a heavy focus on active learning activities, with the design specification that over half the course time be spent “in a group structure.” The Hub’s focus on this project has been to work collaboratively with Math to design assessments and research projects to understand the student experience and to inform future revisions of QL.
Building engaging learning experiences through curricular visualizations – MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) Media Sandbox is an integrated collaborative experience that promotes individual expression and the creative application of media knowledge, skills, and abilities to complex problems. The Hub is working with CAS stakeholders and the Media Sandbox to gather and assess course syllabi information. The goal is to understand the current Media Sandbox curriculum arrangement of intended learning outcomes, given current courses and delivery mechanisms. The initial work identified alignments with CAS and the implied pedagogy and goals of the Sandbox, which yielded a short follow‐up project to design guides for instructors to use in teaching and assessing student and program outcomes.
Partners: Media Sandbox
New learning experiences for the digital media arts – Radius connects the creative resources of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the College of Music, and the College of Arts and Letters to provide students, faculty, and other partners with opportunities to collaborate and innovate. The productions of Radius will provide curricular and experiential opportunities to design and implement collaborative projects around film, music, design, writing, performing arts, new media, and more. As a showcase, Radius will create pathways to film festivals, art shows, internships in the creative industry, distinctive partnerships with communities, writing competitions, juried events, media festivals, and related outlets.
Creating a cost‐effective, high‐value veterinary program – MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is reinventing their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. The goal is to create a learner-centered curriculum that prepares career-ready, high-value graduates and is attentive to costs to both students and the College. The Hub is partnering with CVM throughout the process, from initial design thinking through research, curriculum development and revision, and teacher professional learning. CVM has currently formed a number of working groups to think through the challenges facing DVM students.