Tag Archives: education

ECoach shows impressive growth & adoption across U-M

By | August 13, 2018

ECoach is a digital platform that was originally developed by a research team led by Timothy McKay, professor of physics, astronomy, and education, to create a tailored communication system for introductory large-scale courses at U-M. ECoach provides personalized and timely feedback to students on how to succeed with content informed by behavioral science techniques such as motivational affirmation and… Read More »

Free online course certification will extend to U-M alumni

By | August 9, 2018

Beginning September 4, the University of Michigan’s 583,000 alumni worldwide can join faculty, staff, and students from all three campuses to earn individual course and course series certificates offered by Michigan Online at no cost. Michigan Online is U-M’s new global learning community that puts digital learning opportunities all in one place. The announcement by the Office of… Read More »

How to foster digital innovation in higher ed

By | July 27, 2018

While many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation, getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. A recent article in “Campus Technology” highlights the work of U-M’s Office of Academic Innovation as one of several academic technology leaders that encourage faculty to experiment and engage with emerging technologies and pedagogies. The story cites… Read More »

U-M prof works with nonprofit to teach girls to code

By | July 25, 2018

 Robin Brewer, an assistant professor in the U-M School of Information, leads an effort to introduce high school girls to technology through workshops that encourage them to create social impact through coding. Brave Initiatives, a Chicago-based non-profit, started offering weekend workshops in January, 2018 to young women at Hamtramck High School in Detroit. Brewer leads up this Detroit chapter… Read More »

Origin Stories showcases M-Write

By | July 18, 2018

What happens when an English faculty and a Chemistry faculty partner to create a writing-to-learn program? You get M-Write. Listen to the latest episode in the Origin Stories podcast as English professor Anne Ruggles Gere, director of the Sweetland Writing Center, and Ginger Schultz, assistant professor of chemistry, discuss how they came together, from disparate fields, to create the… Read More »

Blockbuster MOOCs support teaching and learning efforts

Some “blockbuster” massive open online courses (MOOCs) generate large revenues for  universities, which then often distribute the funds in a variety of ways. U-M typically gives a third of its revenue from MOOCs to central administration, a third to the department offering the course, and a third to the professors teaching it.  Charles Severance, a clinical associate professor in the School… Read More »

Gameful Learning Summer Institute encourages student learning ownership

On July 23 and 24, the second Gameful Summer Institute is hosting an event intended for higher education faculty, K-12 teachers, instructional designers, and education technology administrators who will learn how to encourage student ownership of learning.  “Anyone who watches someone play video games or board games or compete in athletic competitions knows that games are great at… Read More »

Free Coursera certifications for faculty, staff, and students

    Coursera for Michigan includes more than 65 courses and 14 teach-outs, with more being offered each month. These resources are useful for those who want more business experience in a new field or more training within their own field. James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, states that with offering this service U-M is “able… Read More »

Online portal creates central hub for U-M digital learning

By | May 31, 2018

As U-M continues to expand its digital learning portfolio, the Office of Academic Innovation announces a new gateway for one-stop access to online courses and learning experiences created by Michigan faculty and instructional teams. Called Michigan Online, the portal brings together more than 120 massive open online courses (MOOCs), teach-outs, specializations, MasterTrack certificates, XSeries, MicroMasters and professional certificate programs… Read More »

U-M shares teach-out concept with other universities

By | May 29, 2018

In 1965, U-M created the first ever teach-in to protest the Vietnam War through a series of debates, presentations, and seminars. The idea spread and, using Michigan’s example, more than 35 universities followed suit within a week. Last year, U-M once again led the way when the Office of Academic Innovation launched the U-M Teach-out Series as a… Read More »

Academic Innovation adds director for online and hybrid programs

In March 2018, U-M announced the intent to design three new online and hybrid programs: one in data science, a first in public health, and a first MasterTrack Certificate program. Sarah Dysart will be the new director for Online and Hybrid Programs at the Office of Academic Innovation. Dysart plans to work with other faculty on their online… Read More »

Register now for the 2018 Gameful Learning Summer Institute

By | May 16, 2018

Registration is open for the second annual Gameful Learning Summer Institute (GLSI) to be held Monday, July 23, 2018 and Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Palmer Commons. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Innovation, GLSI brings together faculty, teachers, instructional designers, administrators, staff, and students to explore gameful learning ideas through a series of speakers, lightning talks and workshops.… Read More »

Scaling homegrown education technology

The Office of Academic Innovation launched an edtech accelerator that’s building and scaling digital pedagogy within and beyond the university. Previously, the issue with edtech was that it did not extend beyond the initial department it was used for, but the Office of Academic Innovation is providing the infrastructure to support and scale it. This process involves software… Read More »

Ross adds data and analytics concentration

By | May 2, 2018

  The Ross School of Business is getting on the data analytics train. The school announced recently that it will offer a new MBA concentration focused on business data and analytics beginning in the fall 2018 semester. The concentration, says Brad Killaly, associate dean of full-time and global MBA programs, is designed for MBA students looking to hone their… Read More »

Innovating education through Applied Data Science with Python

  Coursera recently named Christopher Brooks, assistant professor at the School of Information, a winner of its Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation for his teaching strategies in the online Applied Data Science with Python Specialization. His approach allows students are to use actual data in a low-stakes environment to solve problems that are relevant to their own communities,… Read More »

ITS uses Canvas data to improve Undergraduate Nursing program’s clinical evaluations

By | April 27, 2018

ITS Teaching & Learning data concierge Jeff Ziegler recently completed a project for the School of Nursing’s Undergraduate Nursing program that has greatly improved their student evaluation process. Working with clinical instructor Diane Accurso and student advisors Rachel Patterson and Chad Gorski, Ziegler designed and implemented a custom solution for their Professional Nursing Education (PNE) clinical course that uses… Read More »

Tech innovation redefines Medical School curriculum

The U-M Medical School is undergoing a curriculum transformation to develop future physician leaders in health care. In the previous model, students spent the first two years of their education focusing on science and the second two years in the clinic working with patients. In the new curriculum, students are exposed to the clinical aspects of medicine in… Read More »

New tools may serve as virtual tutors for students in coding classes

Getting help in programming courses outside of instructors’ office hours can be difficult, but a new tool called “chat.codes” may help change that. Steve Oney, assistant professor of information at the U-M School of Information (UMSI) and of electrical engineering and computer science at the College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant of $174,981 for his… Read More »