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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,

Innovation through Conversation

By Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment at MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology
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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,


"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.

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