A recap of the first day of the Teaching & Learning Spring Conference at MSU
by Blythe White with special thanks to Amy Martin.
The days between finals and the first summer term are a busy time for faculty and academic staff. In the past, many MSU units competed for academics’ time for their seminars and workshops. In 2017, a collaborative effort was made to offer high-quality content and connect educators to one another, culminating in the MSU Teaching & Learning Spring Conference from May 9-11. The following units supported this first-ever MSU conference focused on teaching and learning:
- The Academic Advancement Network
- The Graduate School
- The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology
- The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
- IT Services Teaching and Learning
- MSU Libraries
- The Neighborhoods Student Success Collaborative
- The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
The conference showcased the innovative work happening across the university to promote the success of our student populations and better engage the Spartan community. It was a rich experience, nurturing a community of practice, encouraging dialogue between departments and colleges, and recharging educators by providing resources and renewed focus. There was a great digital dialogue on Twitter, and so I’ll be recapping some of the posts in Storify, broken down by each day.
The Student Success Data Summit: The Neighborhoods Student Success Collaborative shared studies and insights about MSU students, paying particular attention to minoritized student populations at MSU (e.g. Black, Latinx, Native American, LBGTQ). Two hundred advisors and resource center personnel engaged in dialogue and heard eight presentations.
The Quick Start to Teaching for Student Success for educators new to MSU (faculty, academic staff, and graduate teaching assistants), featured plenary presentations on university policies on accessibility, student privacy, academic integrity, and sexual discrimination and harassment. Break-out sessions offered insights on teaching with technology, teaching inclusively and facilitating difficult dialogues in the classroom, and promoting student mental health.
See a few pictures and social media posts in the Storify below. Check back for recaps of May 10 and 11.
Acknowledgements: We’d like to thank Patti Stewart of the Academic Advancement Network for her leadership in this conference. We also thank the committee of organizers including Melissa McDaniels, Erik Skogsberg, Dave Goodrich, Ryan Yang, Jessica Knott, Sev Grabski, and Amanda Tickner. The Data Summit was organized by Lauren Brown, Amy Martin, and Luke Schultheis. We thank Jill Bryant and Beth Leete for organizing many of the details. We are thankful for the support of Associate Provost Jeff Grabill and Associate Provost Sekhar Chivukula, and for the space and collaboration of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.