Tag Archives: education

Mythbusters: “Slow” universities vs. “fast” edtech companies

By | May 15, 2017

James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, thinks the myth that universities are slow to embrace change and edtech companies are always agile is limiting the collective potential of the wide range of actors seeking positive change in higher education. He believes that examining the difference between partnerships and vendor relationships is the key to moving past this paradigm and… Read More »

Computer use can affect child speech development

By | May 11, 2017

Growing evidence suggests that screen time may have some negative consequences for young children’s development. In a new study of nearly 900 children between six months and two years old, researchers found that those who spent more time using handheld devices were more likely to have delays in expressive speech, compared to children who didn’t use the devices… Read More »

Teach-Outs: A new online model?

By | May 4, 2017

James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, explores how U-M’s new Teach-Outs might represent the next step in developing an online education model that moves beyond MOOCs to create a “compassionate public square for the information age.” In his guest commentary for Inside Higher Ed, Devaney writes: “While I continue to encourage patience to those who care to… Read More »

Virtual patients help med students learn empathy

By | May 3, 2017

Delivering bad news in a caring way — and coping with a patient’s reaction — is a key skill for doctors. Researchers at U-M and Medical Cyberworlds, Inc. are studying how virtual human technology helps medical students learn the best approaches. MPathic-VR, a computer application, allows students to talk with emotive, computer-based virtual humans who can see, hear, and react… Read More »

The future of learning

By | April 25, 2017

Buckle up your backpack for a futuristic ride through U-M’s new world of cyber-learning. Imagine being able to predict how students will perform in class and then helping them achieve more. Picture students learning policy development by acting as stakeholders in simulated political events. Envision an online platform that can mentor a whole new generation of civil rights… Read More »

HITS presents at annual HPE Day

Health Professions Education Day 2017 (HPE Day) engaged faculty, students, and staff across all three campuses and ten health science schools on April 13 at the Michigan League. The result: collaboration and networking that will inspire future research and practices for educational efforts across all of the health professions schools at U-M. Staff from the HITS Education &… Read More »

Digital Islamic studies

By | April 24, 2017

Pauline Jones, director of the U-M International Institute, is passionate about the need for education around some of the most complex topics in the world, like Islam. “Islam is much more than a religion. It’s also a civilization, a variety of cultural traditions and sometimes a basis for political ideologies,” said Jones. “Its diversity, complexity, and geographical expansiveness makes it… Read More »

UM-Flint announces new online-only grad program

By | March 30, 2017

Pending final approvals, the UM-Flint School of Education and Human Services will launch a new online Master of Arts in Inclusive Education degree program in Fall 2017. Offered in an interactive, completely online format for the convenience of working educators, courses will be taught by doctoral-level education faculty members who have significant classroom teaching experience. The program aims to… Read More »

U-M launches digital “teach-outs”

By | March 14, 2017

Authoritarian rule and fake news are among the topics for the University of Michigan Teach-Out Series, a new open online opportunity for global learners. President Mark Schlissel kicked off an Academic Innovation forum March 13 with the announcement of the first four global community learning events on the edX platform, intended to encourage public discourse about relevant issues.… Read More »

Transforming the transcript

By | March 11, 2017

Timothy A. McKay, professor of physics, astronomy, and education, thinks it’s time for the academic transcript to catch up with 21st century information technology. In a recent blog post, he examines how higher education has undergone dramatic changes over the last two decades, particularly in the way that much of what happens in college is digitally mediated. Courses are… Read More »

Software changes business accounting

By | March 10, 2017

A good accountant is hard to find. Some companies are avoiding the search by replacing human bean counters with computer software. The increasing use of software is also changing how students and schools are approaching accounting education, according to Cathy Shakespeare, faculty director for the masters of accounting program at U-M. She said basic bookkeeping skills are becoming… Read More »

New models of online education

By | March 8, 2017

Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business, thinks higher ed needs a new business model. DeRue’s vision is akin to Spotify’s offering to music fans, with users able to download lectures and teaching material for a small subscription fee. The dean is relaxed about giving away some teaching material for free as now happens with MOOCs. However,… Read More »

Encouraging today’s “Hidden Figures”

By | February 27, 2017

The film Hidden Figures has taken not only the box office by storm, but the education world as well. Studies show that female and male students actually perform equally well in mathematics and science on standardized tests, but larger gaps exist between students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds or family income. Research by U-M professor emerita Jacquelynne S. Eccles points… Read More »

Dearborn adds PhD programs

By | February 21, 2017

U-M Dearborn recently announced that it will launch new doctoral degree programs in computer and information science, and electrical and computer engineering. “The new programs were designed in response to industry’s strong demand both for highly qualified engineers in research and development, and for the products of research undertaken by PhD students,” said Tony England, dean, of UM-Dearborn’s… Read More »

Class studies false online info

By | February 21, 2017

The U-M Library, which has a long record of improving the way students go about finding, evaluating, and using information in their academic work, is fighting back against fake news. A marked increase in the online dissemination of intentionally false information has led librarians to join with campus partners at LSA to create a class aimed at helping students develop… Read More »

Direct-to-student data

By | February 7, 2017

Data dashboards and performance feedback can motivate middle-range students to work a little harder to earn a desired grade, a new study found. The study, conducted by researchers at the School of Information and the educational technology company Blackboard, explores a growing trend in higher education—that of collecting data about students and presenting it to them at important… Read More »

Bits and the Bard

By | January 28, 2017

The annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) is the greatest show on earth for the humanities and for some years now, digital humanities—using computer technology to understand literature and the arts—have been all the rage. They present new ways to approach the work of humanities scholarship, and they’ve already delivered not just new results but new… Read More »

Free to be you and me

By | January 25, 2017

In a recent Educause blog post, Sol Bermann (privacy officer and interim CISO at U-M) examines the concept of autonomy privacy and argues for its importance in higher education. Higher education, Bermann writes, rightfully prides itself as being a place where freedom of expression, intellectual discourse, dissenting views, and social experimentation are not just the norm but expected. The ability… Read More »

Science Olympics needs coaches

By | January 21, 2017

The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is starting up and many schools across Washtenaw county that participate could use a hand. WESO will feature an iCompute event this year that covers basic computing concepts and creating a simple program. “I have coached teams for the past three years,” says Kelly Doonan-Reed (ITS) and member of the Women in Information Technology… Read More »

The business of higher ed

By | January 16, 2017

Education is the key to preparing young people to achieve their dreams and contribute to society. However, student debt now stands at about  $1.3 trillion with the average family owing over $48,000, making it increasingly difficult for middle and low-income families to invest in their futures. Scott DeRue, dean of the business school, examines how revamping a flawed… Read More »