Category: Learning Design

Ideas on Digital Learning: Reflections on our colleagues’ thoughts from the Future of Digital Learning Event

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Earlier this semester, 134 faculty and staff from Michigan State University gathered at the Hub for six lightning talks from faculty representing the Colleges of Education, Music, Arts and Letters, Natural Science, and Communication Arts and Sciences. As participant, I enjoyed the faculty-focused, generative conversation about the future of digital learning at MSU. Dialogues like…

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?

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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? …

Eliminating Math 1825 to benefit students

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Picture this: You’re an incoming freshman, ready to sign up for your first semester of classes at MSU. You didn’t reach a certain threshold on the required math placement examination and are now required to take Math 1825. Imagine this Math 1825 course being online and you not receiving credit for it, despite it being…

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Stephen Thomas and Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah

Is it ethical to charge students extra for digital learning experiences when traditionally those costs have been covered by tuition? A question posed by Stephen Thomas, Hub Fellow

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources. So we asked them. This is the final interview in a series of five conversations. Our purpose has been to to spotlight some of the interesting ways our educators are making innovative choices to help us learn more and spend less. If you missed…

Choosing Course Resources: A Conversation with Jane Zimmerman and Erin Campbell

I used to rely heavily on textbooks. now, instead of seeing it as "the textbook defines my course," now I define the course and find or create the texts to support what needs to be in the course. -Jane Zimmerman

We wanted to know how professors choose classroom texts and resources.  So we asked them. This is the fourth 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 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…

Student Competencies and Experiential Learning: An Account from Justin Morrill College (1965-1979)

Three of six student competencies developed by faculty in the Justin Morrill College in 1974

This is the fourth post in a guest series by John Duley. In this post, Duley discusses his time as a faculty member in MSU’s Justin Morrill College (a predecessor of RCAH and Arts & Letters) and the student competencies its faculty sought to develop through experiential learning opportunities. In this and the next blog…

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.