MSU Teaching & Learning Spring Conference: Day 2


A brief recap of the second day of the Teaching & Learning Spring Conference. On May 10, we welcomed Michelle Pacansky-Brock, who gave a keynote on digital tools for humanizing learning. It set a hopeful, resourceful tone for our conference.

On May 10, approximately two hundred MSU educators gathered in Wells Hall to connect and learn about one another’s teaching. Four to five concurrent presentations were given by educators at any one time, with participants live-Tweeting the takeaways. We welcomed keynote speaker Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Innovations Lead and Host of the Humaniz(ed) Podcast at California State University, Channel Islands. Michelle primarily teaches online and shared how she engages students using a digital syllabus, a course website on a simple CMS like WordPress, brief videos made with Adobe Spark, and encourages students to reflect in various modes. Her keynote exuded empathy for students through her outlined methods to make content accessible and worthwhile for all students. See Michelle’s presentation on her blog:

In his introduction of our keynote speaker, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Jeff Grabill, articulated the importance of connecting with students as key to promoting student success.

“Care, engage, and encourage your students. Robots deliver content, humans build relationships.”

Rather than telling you about this conference, let me show you through a Storify of some of the Tweets. If you want to see the unabridged version, search #iteachmsu on Twitter and go back to May 10. Make sure to keep scrolling to a closer-up image of Stephen Thomas’ sketch-note of the keynote presentation.