Category: Digital Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is Working for Students at MSU

In a world where budgets are tight, time is constrained, and it's not always clear where to invest your time and resources... universal design for learning strategies are a great way to support our students success in the learning environment.

By Nathan Evans and John McDaniel This was such a cool example of universal design for learning at MSU, I couldn’t help but share it here.  John McDaniel is an Academic Technology Coordinator in DigitalX who serves the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM). A couple of years ago the College discovered that they would need to provide closed captioning as an…

What is Online Program Market Opportunity and Why Does it Matter?

What does engagement mean in an online program? To us, it means finding students and helping get them interested in the top-notch programs that MSU has to offer.
Alicia Jenner

by Jessica Knott and Alicia Jenner In our role as online program stewards representing MSU, the Hub has entered into a number of agreements with external service providers. These partners aim to help us scale our ability to support departments seeking to launch or grow online programs, specifically in graduate and professional spaces. Some of…

What is the Hub Online Program (OPM) Management Function and Why Does it Matter

While we have extensive experience in online spaces, and are experts in the conversations that must happen when developing program proposals and business plans we recognize that all of the expertise does not reside here with us alone.
Jess Know

To support the start up of new online programs at MSU, the Hub’s Online Program Management team provides free intermediary and consulting services to support the design, development, and sustainability of online/blended academic programs. Our services are focused on the following areas: Program Planning and Portfolio Management Financial analysis Market research  Program design & curricular…

Introducing the Why Does it Matter Series!

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash Ahhhh, October. Leaves are falling, apples are orcharding and pumpkin spice is… everywhere. I’m Dr. Jess Knott and I’m currently your content concierge for all things Hub-like and digital. In homage to changing seasons, the month of October will see an MSU Hub blog series featuring yours truly along with Brendan Guenther,…

Catalyst Innovation Program Spotlight – Chakrapani and Saldanha

Chakrapani and Saldanha hope that re-designing their course to incorporate various levels of interactivity 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.”  Ten projects were ultimately accepted in the…

Scholarship Opportunities and Looking Forward

So much 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 was 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…

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.” Great, we…

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…

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, we have to regularly interrogate what we…

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. Whew! Here…