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New semester, new start: 7 ways to get ready for classes

We want you to start your fall semester at Michigan State University out right! Know the MSU technology resources available by following these seven tips.

1. Secure your digital devices

Taking time to secure your digital devices (yes, even your smartwatch) is critical to ensuring your online safety.

The easiest step you can take is to password protect all of your devices and never leave your things unattended (including in the library). Read Full Article →

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Parents: 3 questions to set your Spartan up for success

We know getting ready to attend Michigan State University can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve outlined 3 questions to make sure your Spartan has the right devices and technology to help them succeed at MSU.

Another resource is the MSU Tech Store, located conveniently on campus, which has experts available to talk to you about the technology your Spartan may need. Read Full Article →

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Building & sharing a prototype in learning design process (Part 2)

The following is a Part 2 of a two-part blog post on prototyping used for learning design. In Prototyping Part 1, I introduced what prototyping is and how I’ve used it as an instructional designer. Here in Part 2, I highlight some ways to build and share your prototype.

Mindset: Build to think

Disposition: Must be curious, creative, and willing to learn

How to build a prototype

Here are a three basic “remixed” steps on building a prototype within Learning Design (from IDEO U):  

  1. Build: Get tangible quickly.
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Why I use prototyping in my learning design process (Part 1)

The following is a two part blog post on prototyping used for learning design. Here in Part 1, I introduce what prototyping is and how I’ve used it as an instructional designer. In Prototyping Part 2, I highlight some ways to build and share your prototype.

I love my job as an instructional designer. Read Full Article →

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Learn more about REAL classrooms in the Tech Break podcast

Listen to episode 3 of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast, “Discussing REAL Classrooms with Real Students.

In the third episode of MSU’s student-led Tech Break podcast, education student Meghan Hurley discusses the topic of Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL) spaces with two recent MSU graduates, Hannah Hunter and Miranda Summerfield. Read Full Article →

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10 steps get your tech ready for MSU AOP

Welcome, Spartans! We are excited that you are starting your academic journey here at Michigan State University. The Academic Orientation Program (AOP) is an important step to get ready for the fall semester.

It’s our priority to ensure your experience goes smoothly, so we’ve outlined easy steps to get you and your tech devices ready for MSU! Read Full Article →

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Learn three quick tips for customizing your MSU Qualtrics survey

Qualtrics offers its users many powerful features, so many that it can be hard to keep track of them.

We’d like to highlight a couple of these useful tools for customizing your MSU Qualtrics survey using the “Look and Feel” menu and the an authenticator to limit access to your survey. Read Full Article →

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Find out about new MSU technology services for faculty, staff

MSU Information Technology has been working on several new technology services for departments, as well as faculty, staff, and IT staff.

Cloud services coming soon

Access to Gartner for Technical Professionals will be provided to MSU IT professionals in the coming weeks. Gartner Core Research remains available for all MSU students, faculty, and staff to research information technology news, reports, business and market analysis, product descriptions and comparisons, information on trends, and a calendar of upcoming conferences and events. Read Full Article →

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Find out what’s new for MSU instructors in D2L version 10.7

MSU recently migrated MSU D2L to the Brightspace/D2L cloud and upgraded from version 10.6.3 to 10.7.0 during May 11-13. (Read more on the D2L cloud migration and upgrade.)

Top 10 New D2L Features

Below are the top 10 new or improved features for instructors to check out. See the resource links at the bottom for more documentation, videos, and release notes. Read Full Article →

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Learn more about the MSU combat veterans course in the Tech Break podcast

Check out the second episode of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast called “Creating the Combat Veterans Course.”

In our second episode, we discuss the reasoning behind the design and creation of the new combat veterans course from the MSU School of Social Work. On the show we talk with Social Work instructors Tina Blaschke-Thompson and Glenn Stutzky, as well as instructional designers Keesa V. Read Full Article →