Category: Design Thinking

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.”

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.

Infrastructure, Power and Opportunity: Reflections from the Biosphere 2

Building a Biosphere takes continuous experimentation and evaluation. So, too, does building learning experiences and infrastructure. Quote by Jess Knott on her recent experience designing inclusive curriculum and student experiences at Biosphere 2

by Jess Knott

This week I have had the incredible opportunity to camp at the beautiful Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona with a small group of interdisciplinary professionals engaged at the intersections of science, design, pedagogy and social justice. I am not locked in, and I have not met Pauly Shore,

The iOS Design Lab at MSU: Create. Share. Impact.

By fall 2018, the lab had recruited a cohort of 20 stellar students to embark on this year-long journey. - Sarah Gretter

Michigan State University has launched the first iOS Design Lab in the United States. The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and the College of Arts & Letters have been working with Apple to offer students a space to create, share, and impact their communities by solving challenges through Swift,

What is #iteachmsu ?

screenshot of the #iteachmsu homepage.

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.

Land Grant Ideals in Nigeria

A quote from Bill Heinrich on his experience in Nigeria: "We had the unique privilege to be following in the footsteps--we were told repeatedly--of John Hannah, one of MSU's most expansionist presidents, who helped to found the University of Nigeria, Nsukka."

by Bill Heinrich

I’ve recently returned from a small training project with faculty and staff at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). The team from MSU co-facilitated a series of design-driven conversations aimed at building the capacity of faculty and leaders in three areas at UNN. The redesigns focused on the UNN Information and Communications Technology portfolio (ICT),

Interdisciplinarity in Practice: Considering the Role of Learning Design

Faculty in Malawi work together and listen.

 An exploration of practicing interdisciplinarity through the design of an international faculty development program.
By Trish Abalo

Often we think about interdisciplinarity theoretically. In the university context, discussions seem to focus on how to teach students to think across disciplines, or guidelines for faculty conducting research. But how does interdisciplinarity show up in practice for faculty and staff,