Funding alert! Announcing the CFP for Round 2 of the Catalyst Innovation Program

Our job is to  always have our eye on digital learning futures here at MSU, and with this call I want to help you change the way you think about and approach the student experience! - Jess Knott

I have been busy this summer. If you’re my father you might ask – “Wait – isn’t higher ed like having the summer off?” My answer? A vigorous no. As mentioned earlier this summer, we at the Hub are here to help you accelerate your ideas and try new,

Informal Learning is Growing

"The garden is a dynamic museum where specimens' conditions are painstakingly monitored and their provenance recorded" - Ellie Louson

Informal Learning at State is a new blog series by Dr. Ellie Louson that will explore the spaces for informal learning at MSU. While several definitions of informal learning exist, this series will include learning experiences that are non-curricular and accessible to the public. In other words, these are spaces for learning that admit everyone and that don’t require enrolment in courses.

New “Name Game” Tool on D2L Helps Educators Memorize Students’ Names Quickly and Easily

We are all playing a version of the Name Game already — matching faces with names at work, at parties, at business lunches, sometimes frantically trying to remember who is Jerry and who is Gary. Playing the game poorly in any context can be embarrassing. But the stakes are never higher than in the classroom.

Catalyst Innovation Program Spotlight – Chakrapani and Saldanha

"Chakrapani and Saldanha hope that by re-designing their course to incorporate various levels of activity through VR will help students leverage exploration spaces they didn't previously have access to

Last October, the Hub launched the Catalyst Innovation Program, providing small amounts of funding to facilitate MSU faculty trying something new with digital tools and teaching approaches “for the purposes of allowing experimentation in spaces with the potential to enhance student learning experiences on a digitally-immersed, global campus.” 

a closeup of a Vive VR headsetTen projects were ultimately accepted in the inaugural 2018-2019 Catalyst Innovation Program,

Like to read? Read with us!

As we’ve recently welcomed our 21st president and with a new academic year upon us, it’s a great time to try something new (to our little book club) - an invitation!

By: Summer Issawi, Alicia Jenner, and Sarah Gretter

When one of our team mates pitched the idea to of starting a book club to fellow Hub colleagues we were all in. We started the #MSUHubBookClub (as mentioned in a previous post) this past February and spend 4-5 weeks reading a book before we meet at the beginning of the month to discuss.

Scholarship Opportunities and Looking Forward

So much of teaching work is invisible. It's hard, and it's inspiring, and we find ourselves back at square one as often (if not more often) than we find ourselves advancing to square two. And that's how it has to be if we're going to ask tough questions and engage in the necessary inquiry required when an institution works to shift from looking at the now to looking at tomorrow.

One of the most important functions of the Hub is connecting people and ideas to opportunities to share and grow (and meet more people and generate more ideas!). To that end, I’m writing to share an opportunity that came through 2018 Hub Fellow (and 2019 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Excellence in Teaching New Teacher Award winner) Aaron McKim.

What Would You Say You Do Here? Science Gallery Detroit.

Science Gallery Detroit presents DEPTH - June 8 - August 17, 2019 at the Michigan Science Center

One of the questions we get a lot is “what is the Hub?”

“Can you help me figure out how to make a video for my class?” Yes, we can connect you to people who are very good at this.

“I need to re-design the curriculum for my program to draw more students.”

Course Design Case Studies: An Inside Look

"After you teach your course online the first time, you are going to find things to fix and change. Don't shoot for perfect the first time, shoot for good, and ask for feedback from your students to improve it the next time" - quote from Breana Yaklin, blog author

These are two development cases we’ve recently encountered with faculty creating online courses, and we wanted to share different considerations for approaching an online course or program development. The infographic below breaks down themes we frequently encounter in our work helping faculty design courses, curriculum, and experiences.

Lessons Learned:

One thing we’ve noticed is that very few folks have taken D2L training,