Category: Digital Learning

Catalyst Innovation Program Spotlight – Chakrapani and Saldanha

"Chakrapani and Saldanha hope that by re-designing their course to incorporate various levels of activity through VR will help students leverage exploration spaces they didn't previously have access to

Last October, the Hub launched the Catalyst Innovation Program, providing small amounts of funding to facilitate MSU faculty trying something new with digital tools and teaching approaches “for the purposes of allowing experimentation in spaces with the potential to enhance student learning experiences on a digitally-immersed, global campus.” 

a closeup of a Vive VR headsetTen projects were ultimately accepted in the inaugural 2018-2019 Catalyst Innovation Program,

Scholarship Opportunities and Looking Forward

So much of teaching work is invisible. It's hard, and it's inspiring, and we find ourselves back at square one as often (if not more often) than we find ourselves advancing to square two. And that's how it has to be if we're going to ask tough questions and engage in the necessary inquiry required when an institution works to shift from looking at the now to looking at tomorrow.

One of the most important functions of the Hub is connecting people and ideas to opportunities to share and grow (and meet more people and generate more ideas!). To that end, I’m writing to share an opportunity that came through 2018 Hub Fellow (and 2019 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Excellence in Teaching New Teacher Award winner) Aaron McKim.

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.”

Course Design Case Studies: An Inside Look

"After you teach your course online the first time, you are going to find things to fix and change. Don't shoot for perfect the first time, shoot for good, and ask for feedback from your students to improve it the next time" - quote from Breana Yaklin, blog author

These are two development cases we’ve recently encountered with faculty creating online courses, and we wanted to share different considerations for approaching an online course or program development. The infographic below breaks down themes we frequently encounter in our work helping faculty design courses, curriculum, and experiences.

Lessons Learned:

One thing we’ve noticed is that very few folks have taken D2L training,

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.

Opportunities in Digital Learning: Considering emerging trends in Postsecondary Education

Black ceiling with light bulbs that are lit up

My prior two blog posts in this series on the Future of Digital Learning considered definitions and questions raised in our community this year. The writing thus far touches on opportunities present in these ideas about education and emerging potential in the digital era. This post will identify several in brief teases.

Ideas on Digital Learning: Reflections on our colleagues’ thoughts from the Future of Digital Learning Event

light blue corridor with white lines and black entrance at the end.

Earlier this semester, 134 faculty and staff from Michigan State University gathered at the Hub for six lightning talks from faculty representing the Colleges of Education, Music, Arts and Letters, Natural Science, and Communication Arts and Sciences.

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.