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 →
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 →
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 →
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:
- Social Science
- Agriculture & Natural Science
- Arts & Letters
- Natural Science
- Human Medicine
NOTE: Percentages were rounded down to full numbers in the following metrics. Read Full Article →
Learn more about feedback loops in the MSU Tech Break podcast
Listen to episode 4 of the student-led MSU Tech Break podcast, “Feedback Loops.”
In the fourth episode of MSU’s student-led Tech Break podcast, education student Meghan Hurley discusses the topic of feedback loops with Phil Deaton, who is an employee, instructor, and graduate student at MSU. Hurley and Deaton dialogue about their own personal experiences with feedback and cover its importance. Read Full Article →
Find out about the latest MSU tech upgrades in computer labs, classrooms
While many students and faculty were off for the summer, MSU IT was busy making technology upgrades to labs and classroom spaces.Windows 10 upgrade
MSU IT upgraded to Windows 10 in university computer labs and classroom technology carts during August 7-25 in preparation for the fall 2017 semester. This upgrade will help leverage new technologies and security features in Windows 10. Read Full Article →
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 learnHow to build a prototype
Here are a three basic “remixed” steps on building a prototype within Learning Design (from IDEO U):
- Build: Get tangible quickly.
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 →
MSU upgrading to Windows 10 in computer labs, classrooms
MSU IT will be upgrading to Windows 10 in university computer labs and classroom tech carts during August 7-25 in preparation for the fall 2017 semester.Summer technology upgrades
This upgrade will help leverage new technologies and security features in Windows 10.
In addition to the Windows 10 upgrade, MSU IT will also perform its normal summer software and application patching and maintenance in labs and classrooms. Read Full Article →