Catalyst Innovation Program 2019 – 2020 Winners

Catalyst awards give us a rapid investment lever for individuals in the #iteachMSU community, when they sense the need for innovation and have an inspired idea, we can give them the boost needed to make something happen.
Brendan Guenther

Greetings everyone! My name is Rashad Muhammad. I am a Learning Experience Designer in the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. As we begin the new year, I am excited to step into the role of the project manager for the Catalyst Innovation Program. Catalyst Innovation Program was designed to incentivize the MSU community to develop creative and innovative student learning experiences by funding projects that encourage discovery and experimentation. 

In this spirit, it is with great enthusiasm that I present this year’s 2019-2020 Catalyst Innovation Program recipients:

  • Alice Lynn McMichael
    Experiential Environments: Modeling the Past for Embodied Learning
  • Allison Eden
    Department of Communication
    Screen-based versus immersive virtual training platforms for improving public speaking
  • Andrea Bierema
    Center for Integrative Studies in General Science
    Creating Open-Sourced H5P Adaptive Learning Modules
  • Ashley Hewlett
    Asc Provost For Undergraduate Education
    New Student Orientation Online Experience
  • Brad WIlcuts, Daniel Trego
    Department of Theatre/ Al Academic And Information Tech Support
    Social Dancing and Culture meets Extended Reality
  • Dean Aslam
    Electrical And Computer Engineering
    Flipped STEM Learning Using Smartphones and Hands-On FBEI (Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence) Modules
  • Jennifer Dunn
    Department of Management
    Pilot Use of Qualtrics 360 Tool to Provide Multi-Rater Feedback to Students
  • Jeno Rivera
    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Office of Academic Student Affairs and Institute of Agricultural Technology
    Jamming together: Educational technologies to enhance collaborative learning
  • John Paskus
    MI Natural Features Inventory
    Increasing Student Engagement via Teamwork, Collaboration, and Real World Connections 
  • Judy Walgren
    School of Journalism
    Harnessing the Power of Immersive Media With MSU’s School of Journalism Students
  • Michelle Grimm
    Mechanical Engineering
    Interactive Digital Experience as an Alternative Laboratory (IDEAL): Creative Investigation with Data Analysis 
  • Nick Lepeschkin-Noel
    IT Services – Advanced Academic and Research Technology
    Remaking the Future – An Education Focused Simulation Framework  
  • Quentin Tyler
    School of Planning, Construction and Design and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources collaboration.
    Bridging Student Learning in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through Virtual Reality
  • Rachel Morris and Michelle Russell
    Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program
    Utilizing Genome Mutation Analysis Software to Enhance Student Learning, Preparation, and Engagement in Molecular Diagnostics 
  • Saul Beceiro-Novo
    Biomedical-Physical Sciences
    Curriculum reform for ISP209L
  • Zachary Neal
    Building a Social Simulation Makerspace

This year we increased the total number of winners from 10 to 16. Each proposal was double-blind peer-reviewed. Thirty-five applications were received, each seeking to improve the learning experience at MSU for and with students. 

Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology said “As we iterate toward a more explicit story about MSU’s digital learning future, it seems necessary to provide as many opportunities as possible for faculty and students to experiment, invent, make, and learn. This program is one of our small bets to create space for faculty and to see what happens.”

MSU’s Chief Digital Academic Officer Brendan Guenther points to the rapidity with which innovation happens, and how structures must adapt – “Catalyst awards give us a rapid investment lever for individuals in the #iteachMSU community, when they sense the need for innovation and have an inspired idea, we can give them the boost needed to make something happen.”

As the year progresses, we will share out stories to keep you updated on the progress these projects are making. Our goal is to empower our recipients to experiment, learn and share that knowledge with the rest of the MSU community. If you missed this application cycle, the next opportunity will be available in the Fall of 2020. Get your ideas ready!