Category: Curriculum

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Paul Irving and Erin Campbell

Q: Is student learning compromised because you're using a no-cost system instead of the paid system for homework? 'No. We know it's not because we've measured. We've measured conceptual understanding across all the physics courses and we know for our class we have a substantially higher amount of learning.

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources.  So we asked them. This is the third interview in a series of five conversations that we’re sharing as part of a blog series. We hope to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more…

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Ioana Sonea and Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah

In the past, students could get by without the texbook becasue we tended to give lectures ... and they could survive on just that. In the new curriculum, that's been a big debate.

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources.  So we asked them. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll post a series of those interview conversations. In doing so, we hope to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less.…

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Melanie Cooper and Erin Campbell

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources. So we asked them. Over the next couple weeks we’ll post a series of those interview conversations. In doing so, we hope to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less.

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…

Coming Full Circle with the Co-Curricular Record: A Reflection

I always thought it would be amazing for an institution to highlight the meaningful work students were engaging outside of the classroom, and the Co-Curricular Record is a tool to accomplish such an endeavor.

By Eric Kang When I was in undergrad, I used to tell my friends that I was working towards two degrees, one in psychobiology and another in co-curricular activities. My friends would laugh because they knew exactly what I meant about the latter degree, understanding my high level of involvement at the university in various…

“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…

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…

The Pedagogy of Engagement

By John Duley This is part of a guest series by John Duley. He delineates the problems which confront us in public school education due to the rapid and radical changes occurring in this new Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Problem:  Inadequate Education system for the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) This blog is…

ID&D: Modeling Your Course Like an RPG

Three Dungeons and Dragons

By Nick Noel, Instructional Designer and Dungeon Master Utilizing the affordances of games in education is not a new idea. However, as games, and specifically digital games, have become more sophisticated, they have increasingly been the focus of research,  and utilized as models for course design. James Gee has described them as “learning machines” (2005, p.…

Reculturing a Co-Curricular Conversation: Thinking on Scope, Validation, & Technology

A group of students work together on white boards.

Encountering and addressing the challenges of a new campus-wide record. This is the second post about the emerging Co-Curricular Record at MSU. Bill Heinrich, Director of Assessment, Hub; Heather Shea, Assistant Program Director, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment Academic progress is regularly complemented by learning outside of courses at most campuses, including ours.…