Tag: instructional technology

MSU Faculty Technology Use Survey

Find out the top technology tools MSU faculty use in teaching

The “Faculty Technology Use in Teaching Survey” was conducted by MSU IT during spring 2017. The results help MSU IT and campus stakeholders learn more about how faculty use instructional technology both inside and outside of the classroom.

It was emailed to approximately 3,100 faculty, and there were 373 respondents.

The top 5 MSU colleges to respond included:

  1. Social Science
  2. Agriculture & Natural Science
  3. Arts & Letters
  4. Natural Science
  5. Human Medicine

NOTE: Percentages were rounded down to full numbers in the following metrics. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Wireless Presentation and Lecture Recording: A Review of Free and Low Cost Options


Chris Shaltry, Marty Spranger, and Sue Way – Department of Physiology

At  this brown bag session Chris, Marty and Sue will discuss their use of a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet with an inexpensive wireless presentation device, the ActionTec ScreenBeam Pro. This combination of devices was used to increase student engagement in one of their large lecture courses. Read Full Article →

2017 MSU Instructional Design Winners

MSU faculty & staff recognized for use of instructional technology

Four outstanding instructors for online and blended courses were selected as recipients of the 2017 MSU AT&T Faculty-Staff Awards in Instructional Technology.

“The AT&T Awards provide a venue for MSU to recognize outstanding faculty and staff whose innovation and creativity inspire others in new ways of using technology in instruction,” said Severin Grabski, lead judge for 2017 AT&T Awards; associate professor in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems, College of Business; and senior faculty advisor to the CIO of MSU. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Moving from Accessibility to Universal Design for Learning: A Paradigm Shift from Fear to Hope

  • Cathleen McGreal, College of Social Science
  • Stephen Thomas, College of Natural Science
  • Casey Henley, MSU Neuroscience Program
  • Jan Bukovac Phelps, College of Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Emilia Marcyk, MSU Library

Over the last year, the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Accessibility Through Creative Innovation has been working with MSU IT Services to create a self-enrolled course on accessibility and curriculum development.  Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Flipping a Music Class – Postponed

This week’s Explorations in Instructional Technologies brown bag seminar has been postponed until Spring 2017.  

Our next brown bag session will be December 2, 2016 and features Cathleen McGreal, College of Social Science, Stephen Thomas, College of Natural Science, Casey Henley, MSU Neuroscience Program. Jan Bukovac Phelps, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, who will present “Moving from Accessibility to Universal Design for Learning:  A Paradigm Shift from Fear to Hope.“


The Explorations in Instructional Technology Brown Bag series is hosted by the MSU College of Education, College of Natural Science, and MSU IT Teaching and Learning Technology. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Curriculum Mapping and Competency Search in D2L

  • Mary Gebbia-Portice, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • R. Taylor Scott, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nathan Lounds, MSU IT Services

At this Brown Bag Seminar, Mary will be sharing the experiences and lessons learned by the team that is mapping the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (COM) curriculum. She will be sharing the processes that COM is following to map the curriculum and will also be demonstrating the map and the accompanying Competency Search Tool. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Conceptualizing MSU’s Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

  • Sherief AbouElSeoud, IT Services, Teaching & Learning Technology
  • Mike Zakhem, IT Services, Teaching & Learning Technology

At this brown bag session Sherief and Mike will share the current strategic thinking about MSU’s learning environments, including:

  • Highlighting recent and current project work that MSU IT is doing collaboratively with many academic units.
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Brown Bag: Teaching with Social Media

  • Christine Greenhow, College of Education

At this brown bag session Christine will present her research and teaching ideas about using social media in higher education classrooms. She will demonstrate some of the social media platforms she has used, how she and her students have used them, and what students are saying about these experiences. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Groups in D2L: Creating ad-hoc D2L Groups During Class, Submitting Photos of Group Work, and Grading Groups using Rubrics

  • Jon Stoltzfus, College of Natural Science
  • Terri McElhinny, College of Natural Science

We leverage D2L features to facilitate group work in large-enrollment lecture courses.  D2L’s grouping, dropbox, and rubric features simplify the logistical challenges inherent with collecting and evaluating work from hundreds of students. These features allow informal groups that are formed at the start of a class meeting to work cooperatively during class and upload their final product, whether it by text and/or drawings, to D2L at the end of class.   Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Bridging the Social and Teaching Presence Gap in Online Learning

  • Bei Zhang, College of Natural Science

We applaud the flexibility, accessibility and financial benefits that online learning brings to its learners, but we must carefully ponder its adequacy and effectiveness.  Feelings of disconnection and isolation from teachers and other classmates could have a major negative impact on students’ satisfaction and success when learning online.  Read Full Article →