Tag Archives: learning

U-M hosts hackathon to lead development of next gen learning analytics platform

On August 2-3, U-M hosted eight of our peer institutions from the Unizin consortium, as well as developers from Google, to participate in a hackathon using the newly developed Unizin Data Platform (UDP). The UDP is a cloud-based, learning analytics infrastructure that commonly models behavioral, performance, and demographic dimensions of teaching and learning data. Participants used a representational… 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 »

Academic Innovation events for spring and summer

By | March 16, 2018

The Office of Academic Innovation has several events scheduled so far for spring and summer. Also, there’s still time to enroll for the Teach-Out starting on March 26: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality: Opportunities and Issues. AIM Analytics: Using Big Data to Understand Factors that Affect Student Success in STEM Join us on Monday, March 19 from… Read More »

Call for proposals: 2018 Gameful Learning Summer Institute

By | February 21, 2018

Last July, the Gameful Learning Summer Institute (GLSI) brought faculty, teachers, instructional designers, administrators, staff, and students together from around the world to learn about gameful ideas and how to design a course from a gameful perspective. Based on positive feedback from attendees and adoption of gameful ideas, the Office of Academic Innovation’s Gameful Learning Lab will host… Read More »

Do online courses harm underperforming students?

By | February 2, 2018

Online courses can open up a world of knowledge to anyone with an internet connection, benefitting students who have limited access to educational resources. But mounting evidence suggests that online education could hurt less proficient students who are most in need of skilled classroom teachers. In a recent article for the “New York Times,” Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public… Read More »

U-M leads development of Unizin Data Platform

Among the 25 leading research institutions that make up the Unizin consortium, the University of Michigan is recognized as a leader in the field of learning analytics research and development. This distinction contributed to U-M being asked by Unizin to lead the design and development of the Unizin Data Platform (UDP), a cloud-based infrastructure for delivering learning analytics… Read More »

U.S. News recognizes UM-Flint’s online grad programs

By | January 15, 2018

UM-Flint has been recognized for its excellence in online education by the U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Online Program” rankings. Flint received recognition in the online graduate programs for both nursing and education. UM-Flint offers an online Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) that prepares nurses to become family, primary care adult-gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners. There is also an… Read More »

UM-Flint’s new video production studio enhances online learning

By | January 5, 2018

UM-Flint’s Office of Extended Learning (OEL) has opened a new video production studio in the Northbank Center to help faculty enrich their online courses. Crews from the university’s Information Technology Services, Engineering Departmentand Facilities and Operations renovated an old locker room into the new professional space. The sound-proof studio features a 10-foot wide green screen and an 8-foot wide lightboard, which is “an internally illuminated sheet… Read More »

Michigan Medicine CIO looks back in time for answers to today’s dilemmas

A majority of U.S. hospitals and health systems implemented electronic health records (EHR) over the last decade, thanks in large part to federal government incentive programs. But not everyone is happy about it. According to a 2016 Survey by Deloitte, seven out of 10 U.S. physicians believe EHRs reduce their  productivity. In a talk titled, “Solving the EHR Productivity… Read More »

Gaming vs. gamification in the classroom

By | July 27, 2017

Used in conjunction with books and lectures, sophisticated educational games designed for college classrooms can offer active learning that some instructors say is hard to replicate in a traditional classroom. Still, not every professor who believes well-designed games are valuable in education uses video games in courses. Barry Fishman, a professor in the School of Information and the School… Read More »

The promise of learning data interoperability

By | July 25, 2017

Students and instructors use multiple systems and applications every day that collect vast amounts of data about learners. However, much of the information produced by the current learning data ecosystem is poorly understood and poorly utilized. In a recent article for Educause, Sean DeMonner, executive director of teaching and learning for ITS, and two colleagues from the University of… Read More »

HITS launches online journal to showcase biomedical research

Michigan Video Abstracts — or MVA — is a new online journal that showcases the work of U-M faculty from the biomedical sciences. Emeritus and senior faculty members reflect on their substantial contributions to medical knowledge and discoveries during the course of their careers through video podcasts. The Education and Training division of Health Information Technology & Services (HITS),… Read More »

Upcoming teach-outs address how tech affects our lives

By | June 23, 2017

  Two of the four new teach-outs scheduled for August and September will focus on technological advances that have changed the way we live: The evolution of the Internet and impact on our lives and society. Privacy and identity in a Big Data era. President Mark Schlissel launched the series in March as part of an Academic Innovation Initiative.… 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 »

Tracking student learning

By | January 16, 2017

On campuses today almost every educational interaction leaves digital traces. Assignments and feedback are given through online portals; debates and discussions happen via learning management systems as well as in classrooms, cafes, and dorm rooms. Those and other digital crumbs allows universities to examine the processes, practices, and goals of higher education in ways that were largely impossible a… Read More »