Category: Reflection

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. But, what does that mean? …

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…

Reflection: John Duley’s Faith Journey and Morality in Education

As an educator and community leader I can say that a child without direction can get lost very quickly in this fast-paced, ever-changing world. Teaching a child that they matter and are important gives them a sense of purpose and belonging that doesn’t always come from home. A message from Edgewood Village Network Center director Awna Ari

This is the fifth post in a series by guest blogger and MSU professor emeritus John Duley. In it, he shares how his personal faith and experience in education have flourished together in his life and work in Edgewood Village. He posits that moral leadership is essential in education as the world moves toward the…

Course Resources and the Cost of Learning

How is it that students can spend less on course resources but learn more? A question by student researchers Erin Campbell and Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah

Last fall we brought together Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah and Erin Campbell, two undergraduate students, to collaborate on a research project. Ewurama and Erin wanted to know how MSU educators make decisions about course materials, and how their fellow students feel about those choices. They started with a series of site-specific surveys to find out how much money students…

On the Horizon: MSU and the Future of Digital Learning

An image of a quote from Jessica Knott: "The future of digital learning is and must be a lot of things: scalable, open and shareable, universally designed and accessible, inclusive, conversational, and intentional."

By Jessica Knott, Learning Design Manager One of the things we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about in the Hub is what the future of digital learning looks like at Michigan State University (MSU) and beyond. Some of the technologies we use in our teaching, learning, and research practices today are the same…

The Snares to Wares Initiative

How Students Are Working to Make A Difference in Wildlife Conservation By Lindsey Mutz The decision to include students in Snares to Wares has been transformational to the growth of the Snares to Wares project. As a Film Studies and English major in the College of Arts and Letters, I had no idea the scope…

“Unlearning” to Teach and Learn

"I’m unlearning what it means to support different instructors carrying different paradigms about what it means to teach and learn." - Bill Heinrich

By Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment In 1995 Robert Barr and John Tagg argued for a shift in paradigms. They asked us all to move from a more instructor focused classroom to a more learner focused one. Their work zeroed in on what faculty (and by extension, administrators and leaders) in higher education should do…

What is a Hub? Thoughts and Reflections from a Hailstorm

Text: "The HAIL Storm." Image: cloud with lightening bolt.

By Jess Knott, Learning Design Manager A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Hailstorm (Harvesting Academic Innovation for Learners), a small and invite-only working group for a network of people working in units similar to the Hub from a number of institutions around the country. The goal of the Hailstorm network is…

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…

Embodiment and Iteration in Work Process: Listening, Learning, Leading and Following

"Our culture is one of learning, sharing and challenging. Of analysis and inquiry. Of seeking spaces of discomfort, and challenging the norm." - Jess Knott

By Jess Knott, Learning Design Manager I am often asked to explain the Hub to people at MSU and beyond. I love when this happens. In sharing, we build connections, and in building connections we build a Hub. Every conversation is an opportunity to collaborate, either immediately or on future endeavors. As our focus is…