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Learning Design and Technology at Michigan State University currently has an opening for an instructional designer (MSU classification: Information Technologist) positions. This position will work with faculty, university clients and the LearnDAT team (designers, programmers and students) to consult, develop and produce complete web-based courseware for online and blended offerings at MSU.  Additionally, this position will assist with evaluation, testing, implementation, documentation and training of emerging technologies and best practices in teaching and learning with technology. Read Full Article →

MSU students work on finalizing their science projects in a computer lab

All university technology classrooms and computer labs using PCs will be updated to Windows 7 and Office 2013 over the summer for the fall 2013 semester.

This update will not substantially change the user experience in the labs, but older software will be affected. IT Services encourages instructors to test their software in advance. Read Full Article →

Website screen capture of the 2013 MSU Instructional Technology Awards

Five outstanding online and blended courses and technology enhancements in a course from Michigan State University were selected as recipients of this year’s AT&T Faculty-Staff Awards in Instructional Technology.

In the coming academic year, these winners will present their innovations to the public in venues such as the Instructional Technology Brown Bag Seminar Series and the Breakfast Series: Conversations in Online and Blended Pedagogy, hosted by MSU IT Services. Read Full Article →


Join the MSU Computer Store–Help and Repair for a Computer Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 110 of the Computer Center.

See the new 27-inch iMac along with Windows touchscreen technology. Additionally, demo the latest educational software. Vendors will be available to answer your questions.

The first 500 students will receive free Skullcandy earbuds. Read Full Article →

Students studying in Biomedical and Physical Sciences at MSU.

On May 9, MSU IT Services will upgrade Desire2Learn (D2L) from version 10.0 of to version 10.1, making new features available to instructors.

In addition to the new version, D2L will incorporate integrations with ePortfolio and a Learning Object Repository (LOR).

D2L updates

The D2L system at will be down during the upgrade on May 9 beginning at 8:00 am. Read Full Article →



Converting your course from ANGEL to D2L?  This checklist is an excellent resource that will help you check the quality of your course materials after you have attended a D2L Conversion Lab.

Course Homepage
  • Review News items (Announcements)
  • Adjust release dates for the new semester – *Tip: The D2L Manage Dates feature lets you update all the release dates for course items in one action.
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Drawing winner

Congratulations to Claire Layman, the grand prize winner in the Go Mad for an iPad Mini bracket drawing held by the MSU Computer Store April 8 to celebrate March Madness.

She says, “I am so excited to win! I’ve been planning to save for one. I’ll be contributing to two Institute websites, and will use the iPad to take photos and edit video to put on those sites.”

Claire is part of MSU Extension and plans to use her prize to help her department as well as enjoying it at home with her children. Read Full Article →


This document offers a brief overview of the updates and changes that you can expect to see in Version 10.1 of the Desire2Learn learning management system at Michigan State University. Click the link below to download a printable version.

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According to the company, that learning environment has been updated with these features:

  • Video Note allows the user to use a webcam and then drop a video into the course content;
  • Universal Drag and Drop File Upload simplifies the addition of files into course content from external sources (such as the user's desktop);
  • The ability to create new material, such as assignments, quizzes, and discussions inside content without having to do it from within a popup or navigating to another function;
  • Inline document conversion and rendering for Microsoft Office and PDF files;
  • A beefed up HTML editor that allows for insertion of audio and video in place;
  • Quicker access to restrictions and date management;
  • A new class progress dashboard to provide student progress at a glance for instructors; and
  • A revamped User Progress function that improves on visualizations and streamlined navigation among users, courses, and tools.
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Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology brochure

IT Services will offer two days of no-cost workshops on research and instructional technology on May 7 and 8, 2013. These seminars are also open to graduate assistants.

The workshops are designed to support faculty, academic staff, and graduate assistants in their teaching and research roles by providing seminars led by experts in online learning, and instruction in the use of a variety of software tools. Read Full Article →


Hosted at Wills House

Join us April 3 and 4 for the ELI Online Spring Focus Session 2013, "Learning and the Massive Open Online Course," where we will engage the teaching and learning community in exploring this new online course model. Tour institutional examples of MOOCs, various instructional designs and delivery models, processes, methodologies for setting up and evaluating the model, and implications for teaching and learning.  

Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. Read Full Article →