Tag Archives: online learning

University expands online course portfolio with FutureLearn

By | October 1, 2019

The University of Michigan’s mission to share knowledge across the globe and shape the future of learning is further enriched through a new partnership with the U.K.-based social learning platform FutureLearn. With the Sept. 24 announcement of the partnership, U-M is reinforcing its commitment to fostering open, global, diverse, flexible and inclusive learning environments. FutureLearn’s diverse community includes… Read More »

School of Nursing launches 3 online master’s programs

By | September 11, 2019

The U-M School of Nursing is now offering three of its Master of Science in Nursing degree programs online. Courses will begin in fall 2020 for Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation. These specialty programs were identified for development in a digital framework because they cross the spectrum of nursing education. The new… Read More »

U-M plans growth for Office of Academic Innovation

By | August 1, 2019

The Office of Academic Innovation is staffing up in anticipation of a new initiative and a new investment to be announced this fall. The department aims to hire 40 people over the next few years, bringing the total staff count to about 100, says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation. DeVaney also said that the university… Read More »

Digital learning resource memberships available

Information Technology Services Teaching and Learning, Academic Innovation, the University Library, and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts have sponsored an institutional membership to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). All U-M Ann Arbor affiliates now have access to OLC’s library of publications and archive of webinars, as well as opportunities to engage with peers at other… Read More »

BlueJeans key to success for distance learning partnership in Rwanda

In October 2017, Michigan IT News reported on videoconferencing that enables clinical education in Ethiopia as part a project led by Center for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan (UM-CIRHT). The year after, UM-CIRHT launched a two-year project with the University of Rwanda. The partnership strengthens family planning training and builds student and faculty capacity… Read More »

MOOCs and the future of medical education

By | March 22, 2019

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been around, in one iteration or another, since 2006. In 2012, U-M joined the growing digital learning landscape, and Michigan Medicine was eager to try its hand. It’s been at it ever since. Michigan Online currently offers 11 health-related MOOCs from Michigan Medicine produced in collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovation.… Read More »

Alumni Association launches new Alumni Education Gateway

By | March 14, 2019

The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan recently announced the launch of the Alumni Education Gateway, where more than 3,000 pieces of content from U-M await exploration. Developed with the goal of housing many of the digital resources of U-M’s schools and colleges in one place, the website allows users to find it all in one easy, curated… Read More »

Taubman Health Sciences Library and Academic Innovation launch MOOC

Informationists at the U-M Taubman Health Sciences Library recently partnered with Academic Innovation (AI) to develop and launch a new massive open online course (MOOC): Advanced Literature Searching in the Health Sciences. Mark MacEachern, informationist, led the development of the MOOC and worked closely with AI to ensure its success. The online course covers: The components of advanced… Read More »

U-M hits online enrollment milestone

By | December 18, 2018

In the four years since U-M announced a centralized effort to promote digital learning and two years after President Schlissel announced Academic Innovation as a major initiative, the university has experienced more than 7 million enrollments in online learning opportunities that involved people in 190 countries. In addition, there has been impressive participation from faculty, staff, students and… Read More »

Why everyone should know programming

By | November 26, 2018

Putting a bandage on a cut doesn’t mean you want to be a doctor. But in the world of computer science, people assume that everybody with an interest in programming wants to become a computer scientist. It is precisely this thought that Charles “Dr. Chuck” Severance, clinical associate professor at the School of Information, is trying to change. Speaking… Read More »

Can language courses be just as good (or better) online?

By | November 16, 2018

For a long time, language instruction has been among those subjects that conventional wisdom held was a tough one to put online. But things are changing as Dearborn faculty are exploring the promise of creating hybrid language courses that pair class time with digital learning. UM-Dearborn instructional designer Alfonso Sintjago is a big believer in digital education, but he’ll be the first… Read More »

Michigan Online: “Here to Learn” — Together

By | October 10, 2018

Some of Michigan’s most innovative strategies for online learning are based on values held throughout its 200-plus year history. In an interview with “Campus Technology” magazine, James DeVaney, U-M’s associate vice provost for academic innovation, explains why Michigan Online — a relatively recent initiative — brings communities of motivated learners together, both to learn together and to apply their knowledge to solving significant problems.… Read More »

When two worlds meet: Using international virtual exchange

By | July 26, 2018

Philomena Meechan, LSA Language Resource Center, and Todd Austin, LSA Instructional Support Services, recently presented with Professor Alexander Knysh, U-M Near Eastern Studies, and faculty from St. Petersburg State University, Russia at the SUNY COIL conference in New York and at the UNICollaboration Conference in Kraków, Poland. Their presentation showcased how two Near Eastern Studies courses used a combination of… Read More »

‘Smart’ online courses closing the gender gap

School of Information researchers Christopher Brooks, Joshua Gardner, and Kaifeng Cheng, presented findings at the London Festival of Learning that showed that replacing images of men with women in online courses encouraged female students to engage more with the course. These researchers are also working toward supporting the development of online courses with tailored content for the learners. The U-M research team conducted… Read More »