MOOCs and MSU

"Coursera" in large letters on a mosaic-looking wall.

By Jerry Rhead, Emily Brozovic, Angela Martin, and Nick Noel

Michigan State University (MSU) has been experimenting  in the MOOC realm since 2012.  Our ongoing goal is to understand the ways in which MOOC adoption serves learners globally and how teaching large-scale online courses can inform new approaches to teaching and learning.  

The Science Gallery Method

Michigan State University is the latest member to join the Science Gallery Network, leading the development of Science Gallery Lab Detroit (SGLD). Science Galleries aim to engage 15 to 25 year olds in science, art, technology, and design in connective, participatory, and surprising ways. In this second post of this two-part series,

Safety Measures: Lessons in Collaboration

A camera and lenses sit on a table; there is a microphone on the camera and headphones next to it.

By Alyssa Bradley, Media Production Specialist

“Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

Now, while I’m no crime-fighting vigilante that dresses like a bat, this quote from the film Batman Begins really resonates with me, especially when it comes to the creative process.

Science Gallery Recap Part 1

Informational sign for SOUNDCHECK that explains the purpose and idea.

By Caroline White, Learning Technology Designer
In this first post in a two-part series, Caroline White, Learning Technology Designer, describes her recent visit to Science Gallery Dublin.

 

“Music is not limited to the world of sound. There exists a music of the visual world.” –Oskar Fischinger

 

Reculturing a Co-Curricular Conversation: Thinking on Scope, Validation, & Technology

A group of students work together on white boards.

Encountering and addressing the challenges of a new campus-wide record. This is the second post about the emerging Co-Curricular Record at MSU.
Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment, Hub; Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment

Academic progress is regularly complemented by learning outside of courses at most campuses,

What is a Co-Curricular Record and Why Does MSU Need One?

A student speaks with a visitor at a presentation gallery.

Purpose, Definitions, and Positioning. 
By Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment, Hub & Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment

 

Student academic success is regularly complemented and enhanced by out-of-class learning at most campuses, including ours. Yet, how do we know what students’ experiences outside of the formal classroom at Michigan State University contribute to their learning and development?

Personalized Learning is Really About Teacher Adaptivity

Jeff Grabill, wearing a lavender shirt, addresses seated faculty during a meeting.

By Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology & Director of MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology

This post is the third in a series about ed tech. For more on this topic, please see Part 1 and Part 2.

I am writing about “personalized learning,” but with a focus on teachers.

Crafting Student Employment Experience – One Semester In

Close up of a student persona card hanging on a door

Crafting Student Employment Experience – One Semester In
A reflection on the student employee experience at the Hub, and how it can evolve.
By Nick Noel

Nearly a semester has gone by since I last discussed crafting an intentional student employee experience. This idea grew out of my personal observations,

OSU Innovate Conference Reflection

Seven people at a white round table at dinnertime. There is a crowd behind them.

OSU Innovate Conference Reflection
By Dave Goodrich, Instructional Designer; Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment; & Breana Yaklin, Instructional Designer

A couple van loads of Spartans attended the OSU Innovate conference down in Columbus, Ohio on May 16. What a conference it was! We had a lot of good reflective conversations over dinner,

The MSU Teaching & Learning Spring Conference: Day 3

On May 11, the Teaching and Learning Spring Conference showcased more MSU educators and technologies. The highlight of the day was the lunchtime Twitter #edchat, with many using Twitter for the first time and engaging in a fast-paced digital dialogue about teaching and learning.

Overall, the conference was well attended,

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