Tag: Student Success

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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 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 →

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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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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 →

Brown Bag: MSU’s Student Success Initiative


R. Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Deb Dotterer, Assistant Dean for University Advising

Amy Martin, Assistant Dean for Student Success Operations

MSU is committed to support the ongoing learning and persistence of its students and the belief that all undergraduate students can graduate.  With this in mind, MSU has set the goal to increase our overall graduation rate to 82% by 2020.  Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council learns about technology projects, purchasing updates, and Student Success, Office 365 progress

The MSU IT Council met on June 1. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

MSU IT’s Top 15 Projects

Barb Dawson, Assistant Vice President of IT Strategy, reported on the “Top 15” technology projects as reported by the MSU IT Project Management Office. She explained that several criteria are used to classify a project as “Top 15” including if the project is high profile for MSU, if the project is funded, and if it is an innovation project and/or it supports the MSU Bolder IT vision to Strengthen, Align, and Innovate. Read Full Article →

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MSU Student Success Dashboard will support students, advisors

The Student Success Transformation Initiative supports students in their time at Michigan State University and through graduation. At the same time, it fosters the creation of a campus and national model for student success by leveraging analytics with actionable data, investing in advisors, and contributing to the Neighborhoods and colleges to help MSU students holistically. Read Full Article →

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MSU IT Council receives updates on network, email, student success projects

The MSU IT Council met on October 7.  Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

Data center and network planning projects

MSU IT Chief Technology Officer Nishanth Rodrigues updated the IT Council on projects to build a new data center and upgrade the campus network.

A new data center would strengthen MSU’s technology environment for academic, administrative, and high performance computing. Read Full Article →

Brown Bag: Analytics and Student Success

  • Sekhar Chivukula, MSU College of Natural Science
  • Amy Martin, MSU Neighborhoods Student Success Collaborative
  • Kristin Renn, MSU Neighborhoods Student Success Collaborative

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