Category: Curriculum

Questioning the Compliance Narrative

Could we begin to understand students as people who are interested in learning and growth for higher purposes beyond just compliance and grades?

I recently attended the 3rd annual Spring Conference on Student Learning and Success at MSU. The first year it ran, it was a joining of a couple of similar events across campus that previously had been taking place simultaneously. This year, there were more added to the party.

Can a university redesign itself? Yes – with your help.

“Why would any human being anywhere in the world come to East Lansing, Michigan (of all places), for their education and spend lots of money to do so?”

We ask this a lot, because in order to serve the needs of students and create a culture of care,

Learning, Exploring, Leveraging, and Living – A Semester of PD (part 1 of 2)

As someone with “fixer” like tendencies, the welcoming staff at Bluedog helped me see the value in pause. I’m not used to pause. I’ve always worked in places and for people who wanted more, faster, now, better. I still do - but I’m learning to approach these challenges differently.

I’m tired. In the best way.

Since mid-February I have attended the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) conference in Anaheim, an invited NSF work group on creating inclusive STEM studio learning environments, interned at an amazing design firm in Chicago for a week, and was the virtual engagement co-chair of the OLC Innovate conference.

Digital Learning: What exactly do you mean?

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I’m Brendan Guenther, MSU’s first Chief Academic Digital Officer, and this is my first time writing for the Hub blog. Many of our colleagues in East Lansing know me as a technology leader for MSU IT. In this new role I will be working to realize MSU’s digital learning strategy.

Practice Makes Progress: Digital accessibility and moving toward a more inclusive campus

A quotation by Nate Evans, the author of this blog post. He says, "... there isn't a playbook for 'how to do accessibility' at an institution like MSU, or any other college or university for that matter." Quote used to showcase the ambiguous notion of accessibility and the perceived lack of guidance.

by Nate Evans

The Impossible: No Playbook

At this university, a dedicated group of faculty, curriculum and learning designers, software developers, communicators, and administrators achieved the impossible for the second year in a row. And they will do it again next year. Just a heads up: they may be looking for your help.

Eliminating Math 1825 to benefit students

Quote from Becky Matz

Picture this: You’re an incoming freshman, ready to sign up for your first semester of classes at MSU. You didn’t reach a certain threshold on the required math placement examination and are now required to take Math 1825. Imagine this Math 1825 course being online and you not receiving credit for it,

What is #iteachmsu ?

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The #iteachmsu Commons is an initiative that has been in the making for almost five years, driven by educators, for educators. Initially, Melissa McDaniels of The Graduate School and a group of graduate Teaching Assistants launched “Inside Teaching MSU” as a space for graduate student educators to share their teaching ideas and learn from each other through workshops.

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Stephen Thomas and Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah

Is it ethical to charge students extra for digital learning experiences when traditionally those costs have been covered by tuition? A question posed by Stephen Thomas, Hub Fellow

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources. So we asked them. This is the final interview in a series of five conversations. Our purpose has been to to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less.

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Jane Zimmerman and Erin Campbell

I used to rely heavily on textbooks. now, instead of seeing it as "the textbook defines my course," now I define the course and find or create the texts to support what needs to be in the course. -Jane Zimmerman

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources.  So we asked them. This is the fourth interview in a series of five conversations that we’re sharing as part of a blog series. We hope to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less.

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Paul Irving and Erin Campbell

Q: Is student learning compromised because you're using a no-cost system instead of the paid system for homework? 'No. We know it's not because we've measured. We've measured conceptual understanding across all the physics courses and we know for our class we have a substantially higher amount of learning.

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources.  So we asked them. This is the third interview in a series of five conversations that we’re sharing as part of a blog series. We hope to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less.