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REAL Panel Discussion & Workshop

Join us for the REAL Panel/Workshop. It’s a great opportunity to learn, question and explore new technologies for student engagement at MSU!

Open to faculty and instructors at MSU. Register via https://ebs.msu.edu for this no-cost workshop.


  • Demonstration of the technologies available in the Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL)
  • Panel discussion with faculty members who have taught in the REAL spaces
  • Workshop exploring how to utilize the space and adapt your courses to it.
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D2L Daylight Tips

D2L Tips: Preparing for Daylight

MSU IT will be upgrading D2L to a new user interface called Daylight on May 11, 2018.

The new interface will bring increased smartphone usability and a modern visual design to D2L. The core functionality of D2L will not be changing, and all course sites will automatically display the new look when Daylight is turned on. Read Full Article →

Two Instructors talking in front of a white board during an MSU Real Academy workshop

Learn more about MSU Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning on Feb. 16

The REAL (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning) spaces at MSU are a pedagogical philosophy made manifest. If the traditional lecture style classroom is the ultimate expression of the professor-focused lecture, then the REAL spaces are that for student-focused collaboration.

The REAL spaces can be a challenging environment for both teachers and students. Read Full Article →

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MSU IT to upgrade D2L to Daylight Version on May 11

MSU IT will be upgrading D2L to a new user interface called Daylight on May 11, 2018.

The new interface will bring increased smartphone usability and a modern visual design to D2L.

D2L Daylight Differences

D2L will have a new look and feel that adapts to different screen sizes, providing an improved user experience on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Read Full Article →

Students check out MSU's latest classroom technology.

MSU IT supports upgrade of 33 instructional spaces in 2017

During 2017 a range of strategic learning space renovations and technology investments were completed on campus. MSU IT supported upgrades to 33 instructional spaces that help with student engagement and student success initiatives.

Upgrades are part of a multi-year planning process at MSU and also involve Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) funding requests from MSU IT. Read Full Article →

Woman at a computer. Image promote the MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Awards. More details at attawards.msu.edu.

Enter the MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Awards by Feb. 2

To enhance teaching and learning, MSU holds the AT&T Instructional Technology Awards program encouraging best practices in the use of instructional technology across campus.

MSU faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants should submit entry forms by Friday, February 2, 2018, before 5 p.m.

“The awards help spread effective practice and share the outstanding work of our colleagues,” says Brendan Guenther, Director for Academic Technology. Read Full Article →

Instructor facilitating the class from mobile device

Check out 3 tech approaches to increase student engagement in MSU classrooms

For nearly 10 years I have worked at Michigan State University in a variety of capacities to create better learning experiences with technology. I currently work with MSU IT and the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology as an Instructional Designer.

For the past year, I have been working with several instructors on how to utilize technology to more directly relate to students in the classroom. Read Full Article →


Learn about increasing student engagement in new MSU Tech Break podcast

Want to increase engagement in your class (and make sure students are also attending class)?

Listen to Episode 5 of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast, “Student Engagement and Ways to Use Twitter.”

In the fifth Tech Break episode, education student Meghan Hurley talks with MSU Assistant Professor of Physics Vashti Sawtelle about technology in the classroom. Read Full Article →

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Seminar Series: Active Learning Faculty Panel

Join us to interact with a panel of faculty discussing active learning strategies they have implemented in their classrooms.  Explore how to engage students and moderate group activities in a classroom. Feel free to bring your lunch. Read Full Article →

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Insights Portal now available for MSU D2L course analytics

MSU course admins and editors now have access to the Insights Portal for more advanced analytics reporting on courses in MSU D2L (Brightspace).

The Insights Portal now enables educators to use MSU D2L course statistics and visualizations to track, measure, and monitor student progress and help improve learner engagement aiding in student success. Read Full Article →