Tag Archives: design thinking

Sustaining a Co-Curricular Record

I'm really excited to see it advance. My Spartan Story gives us all a reason to be excited about the future of student experiences at MSU.
Bill Heinrich

By Bill Heinrich My Spartan Story (MSU’s co-curricular record) hit two big milestones so far in 2020 that will help sustain the initiative. In February 2020 the accreditation coordinator for the campus asked to include this initiative in their update of MSU’s accreditation materials. The Higher Learning Commission, MSU’s accreditor, looks to ensure that: “Co-curricular…

Questioning the Compliance Narrative

Could we begin to understand students as people who are interested in learning and growth for higher purposes beyond just compliance and grades?

I recently attended the 3rd annual Spring Conference on Student Learning and Success at MSU. The first year it ran, it was a joining of a couple of similar events across campus that previously had been taking place simultaneously. This year, there were more added to the party. Namely, what was previously a Student Success…

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…

Because Experiences Matter, Universities Are (should be) Design Organizations

Experiences can be good or bad, and given the ubiquity of communication, stories about those experiences are told nearly every second of every day

The “business,” if you will, of higher education is to provide learners with transformative experiences. Or it should be. This is perhaps a controversial statement. To be sure, there are a number of different and contrastive if not competitive ideas about what a university is and should be. Each has a long and specific history.…

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. Each of these…

The iOS Design Lab at MSU: Create. Share. Impact.

By fall 2018, the lab had recruited a cohort of 20 stellar students to embark on this year-long journey.
Sarah Gretter

Michigan State University has launched the first iOS Design Lab in the United States. The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and the College of Arts & Letters have been working with Apple to offer students a space to create, share, and impact their communities by solving challenges through Swift, the coding language of…

Digital Learning: What exactly do you mean?

Black background with white dashes expanding from the lower left corner.

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? …

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…

Design as Conversation: Rhetoric, Cybernetics, and other Odd Words

By Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology I have two scenes of action in mind as I write this. One scene is the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and our efforts to articulate a theory and practice of learning design. The other scene is the larger MSU community, which needs conversation…