Category: Student voice

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…

Learning, Teaching, and a Culture of Care

"We need to be courageous enough to create space for change and the new language that will facilitate that change." - Jeff Grabill

By Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology A number of faculty, students, and staff have been working on a new approach to educator professional development. It is an inclusive and community-based framework for how we can all grow as teachers and learners. It has been clear to each of us that this…

IT MSU-Hub Graduate Fellows: 2017

ITMSU-Hub Graduate Fellows: 2017

  We would like to take a moment to thank our inaugural IT MSU-HUB Fellows for their work during 2017.  The IT MSU-Hub fellowship is a collaboration between the Graduate School and The MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.  The graduate fellows spent Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 as participant observers with faculty…

Tracking Co-Curricular Contributions to Student Success at MSU

Students present at UURAF

By Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment For several decades now, evidence collected by higher education scholars (e.g., Astin, 1993; Cress, Astin, Zimmerman-Oster, & Burkhardt, 2001; Kuh, 2008; Wolf-Wendel, Ward, & Kinzie, 2009) indicates that student involvement in purposeful out-of-class or “co-curricular” activities has positive effects on students’ academic…

On Institutional Change

By Jeff Grabill, Director of MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology has an ambitious mission. The bar-napkin version of the mission is “to help the university reinvent itself as a learning institution.” Some people roll their eyes at language like this (but some people always…

Assessing Education Needs

"Our educational system must be retooled to maximize needed skills and attributes at every level."- John Duley

By John Duley This is the second post in a guest series by John Duley. Here, he discusses what changes need to occur in our education system. He hopes you will join the conversation in comments below. Since the advent of Information Technology, questions have been raised about the adequacy of our education system. In…

Vision for Learning Analytics at MSU

Concentric blue, green, salmon and red circles.

By Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and Director of the Hub Our vision for learning analytics is to connect institutional and classroom insights to support caring relationships that facilitate learning and eliminate roadblocks to student success I recently had the opportunity to speak at Colorado State University as part of the…

Introducing the Fall 2017 Student Innovation Team

Students stand in front of a whiteboard with sticky notes on it.

The Student Innovation Team is a group of highly motivated student designers from an array of majors, backgrounds, and class levels. The Innovation Team utilizes strategies such as design thinking, systems thinking, and lean six sigma to work within MSU on projects and learning experiences targeted towards students. Past project partners include the MSU Computer…

Connecting the Dots with Enacted Mental Models

By William Heinrich, Director of Assessment Summer is over us and campuses welcomed new cohorts of eager students in our (hopefully air-conditioned) classrooms and offices. This annual pattern reminds me to think ahead about who is coming to our campuses. Beloit College’s Mindset List is a great place to begin that exploration of what incoming…