Introducing the Fall 2017 Student Innovation Team

The Student Innovation Team is a group of highly motivated student designers from an array of majors, backgrounds, and class levels. The Innovation Team utilizes strategies such as design thinking, systems thinking, and lean six sigma to work within MSU on projects and learning experiences targeted towards students. Past project partners include the MSU Computer Store,

National University Technology Network (NUTN) awards Gerald Rhead from Michigan State University the 2017 J.O. Grantham Leadership Award.

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CONTACT:  Robert Rosenbalm

San Antonio, TX 10/11/2017 – Gerald Rhead, Director of Academic Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology joins the distinguished list of distance and online education leaders to receive the National University Technology Network’s J.0.

Connecting the Dots with Enacted Mental Models

By William Heinrich, Director of Assessment

Summer is over us and campuses welcomed new cohorts of eager students in our (hopefully air-conditioned) classrooms and offices. This annual pattern reminds me to think ahead about who is coming to our campuses. Beloit College’s Mindset List is a great place to begin that exploration of what incoming students carry in their minds.

Extending the Reach of Michigan’s Public Universities through Continuing Education

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By Melissa Peraino is Director of Educational Outreach at Grand Valley State University, Gerald Rhead is Director of Academic Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University, Mary Starnes is Associate Director of Academic and Professional Programs at Central Michigan University, Deborah White is Director of the Office of Extended Learning at the University of Michigan-Flint
This article and image were cross-posted from Michigan Association of State Universities September 28,

Supporting Student Success through Proactive Advising

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By Dorcia Chaison, PhD, Director of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Programs, College of Ag. & Nat. Resources, Deb Dotterer, Assistant Dean, University Advisingm Kristy Dumont, Assistant Director for Student Affairs, College of Education, Charles Jackson, Academic Specialist, Student Success Initiative, Sadiq Mohammed, Academic Advisor, Honors College, and Breana Yaklin, Instructional Designer,

Redesigning Education Abroad at MSU

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By Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Chris Long, Dean, College of Arts and Letters

In late June, Provost June Youatt and Dean Steve Hanson requested that we co-chair a university-wide committee to articulate a vision for education abroad at Michigan State University rooted in our 21st-century world-grant mission.

Innovation through Conversation

By Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment at MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology
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ID&D: Modeling Your Course Like an RPG

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By Nick Noel, Instructional Designer and Dungeon Master

Utilizing the affordances of games in education is not a new idea. However, as games, and specifically digital games, have become more sophisticated, they have increasingly been the focus of research,  and utilized as models for course design. James Gee has described them as “learning machines” (2005,

Plotting Your Course on Coursera

MSU's page on Coursera.

By Alyssa Bradley, Nick Noel, with contributions from Emily Brozovic, Angela Martin, and Gerald Rhead

If you’ve read our previous Coursera post (MOOCs and MSU) then you know that Michigan State University has had great success on the Coursera platform. This success is not only from a revenue generation standpoint,

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