2020 Student Showcase

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual (Social channels)

Join us virtually in the afternoon on Thursday, April 9 for the AIM Student Showcase, where we will hear from the student fellows that drive innovation within the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI).

Student presentations will be shared on the Center for Academic Innovation Twitter account (@UMichiganAI) beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. Presentations will be shared every 15-20 minutes in a “lightning-talk” format throughout the afternoon. Virtual attendees will also be encouraged to visit the AIM Student Showcase event page, which will feature a virtual poster session. More than 20 student fellows will contribute posters and a brief description to be highlighted on this page. 

We will continue to further highlight our student fellow’s work via our social media channels throughout the month of April. 

Other platforms that may feature AIM Student Showcase content include:

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Student Posters/Projects

Here are some of the projects that the student fellows have completed this year. Video presentations will be uploaded after the event.


Jacob M. Aguinaga

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Studies

Over the course of my time in my graduate studies, I have spent a fair amount of time studying learning theories and how they can be implemented in the classroom to maximize students’ learning potential. During my work at the Center for Academic Innovation, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects that are leveraging the simulation software, ViewPoint, to create unique and meaningful learning experiences for students. My goal in this poster was to consider what learning theories the designers of ViewPoint drew on in creating this tool. To gain a window into this thought-process, I examined the various features of ViewPoint, considered what those features enable participants to do, and then mapped these capabilities onto the various learning theories I have studied to find which were most prevalent.

Reflection:

Constructing this poster was a valuable experience. It allowed me to explore a relevant question in the field of learning experience design, and it challenged me to share my findings in a concise, meaningful way. I enjoyed the process overall, and I think it would have been even more valuable had we been able to present and have discussions around our posters. Nonetheless, I am glad to have undertaken this project because it gave me the opportunity to learn about a new presentation medium in a context that I felt I had some insight to offer.

Jacob Aguinaga Poster
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Emily Baron

Event Coordinator Fellow

Undergraduate - Junior

College of LS&A - Sociology & Entrepreneurship

Hi there! My name is Emily Baron and I am the Event Coordinator Fellow at the Center for Academic Innovation. I am a rising senior and am studying Sociology and Entrepreneurship. During my short time with the Center (3 months), I have learned the ins and outs of catering, writing event descriptions, and event day layouts and setups. One of my favorite events was our Data Showcase and post-event social and networking lunch. It is very rewarding to receive the many thank you’s for organizing events and to see everyone’s smiling faces. It has been a challenge to switch to remote work, but with a positive outlook, flexibility, and creativity I have been able to help transfer some events to virtual. The Student Showcase is our first virtual event of this size. Having a role on the planning team has been an extremely valuable learning experience. I hope you enjoy and learn something new from each poster or video! At U-M, I am always surrounded by others who are driven by different passions. The shared passions and community feeling within the marketing and communications team at Academic Innovation is truly one I am proud to surround myself with. I feel such pride to have been granted this opportunity where I can pursue event planning and represent a school I love. I can’t wait to see what comes next as I continue my fellowship this summer! Thanks!

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Nupur Bindal

User Experience Design Fellow

Graduate Student

School of Information

Both the project I worked on this term and putting together the poster have been great learning experiences for me. What I valued most about this process is how self-reflective it is. It gave me perspective on what I’ve accomplished working at AI this term and really makes student work visible, which I love. I do wish we had the opportunity to present these posters in person because I was looking forward to hearing people’s feedback on my work so far, but I’m glad we can at least put these posters together!

Nupur Bindal Poster
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Jieqing(Jay) Chen

Data Science Fellow

Graduate Student

School of Information, Specialization in Data Science/Software Engineering

This project is built for a new AI platform – data.ai. In this project, I mainly created a prediction model for forecasting enrollment trend of Michigan Online and also built a Django web app skeleton from scratch.

Jieqing Chen Poster
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Jingxian Chen

Data Science Fellow

Graduate Student

College of LS&A, Statistics

I am Jingxian Chen, a first-year stats grad student working as a data science fellow of R&D team. Working at CAI with supportive faculty members and fellows is really a wonderful experience. I really want to thank my supervisor Caitlin Hayward and Kyle Schulz for giving me the opportunity to work on such a meaningful project. I hope what I’ve done could truly be helpful to my amazing team!

Jingxian Chen Poster
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Elizabeth Haley

Content Marketing Fellow

Undergraduate - Junior

College of LS&A, Economics

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Haley! I am a junior studying Economics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and am a Content Marketing Fellow on the Marketing Team. Through working at the Center for Academic Innovation for the past year, I have learned about the ever evolving use of marketing in our digital world and about the curation of different content for different audiences. Being able to see the positive results from projects filled with hard work and excitement by everyone here at the Center for Academic Innovation has been the most gratifying part of my fellowship!

Elizabeth Haley Poster
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Shuang He

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Studies

I enjoyed making this poster because it allowed me to visually represent the epitome of my work at the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) as a student resident. Over the past year, I’ve expanded on my knowledge of traditional classroom teaching, and became more competent in the field of Learning Experience Design. I owe this transition to the encouraging and thoughtful people that I encountered at CAI.

Shuang He Poster
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Jennifer Huang

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Studies

My partner and I seriously thought about and searched for information when doing this project, hoping we could integrate “inclusion” into the design of online learning in the simplest way. When making this poster, I tried to present the selected information in a structured format, I hope this would guide you to know how “inclusion” should be integrated into your course designing in the future!

Jennifer Huang Poster
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Louise Liu

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Studies

Elaborative feedback is a form of automated feedback prompted by learners’ responses to quiz questions (e.g., multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions). In the online course platforms that the Center for Academic Innovation currently partners with (Coursera, EdX, FutureLearn), elaborative feedback is an option. Generally, this feedback is textual, and written by instructors in advance.

Louise Liu Poster
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Maggie Mantel

Copyright Fellow (legal team)

Law Student

Law School

Working as a copyright fellow at AI has been a highly rewarding experience. I have learned substantive copyright law, the day-to-day of copyright clearance for an organization putting out lots of content, and what it’s like to work on a team that is passionate about online learning. Creating my student showcase poster provided yet another opportunity to research something important and present my findings under valuable and instructive supervision.

Maggie Mantel Poster
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Juan Daniel Pinto

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Studies

One of the awesome projects I’ve been involved with at the Center for Academic Innovation is the creation of some resources on Data-Informed Design. I headed this project, which has resulted in a series of live documents to help Learning Experience Designers use data as part of their design process. I hope that these resources continue to be used and contribute to the high quality of educational experiences created here.

Juan Daniel Pinto Poster
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Jon Reid

Program Coordinator Fellow

Undergraduate - Senior

College of LS&A, History

Two years ago, I walked into the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) to sit in on an informational meeting about the office. After learning of educational tools like ECoach and Gradecraft, I was sold on their work. That fall, I met with Holly Derry, the associate Director of Behavioral Science at CAI, and told her about a problem I saw with one of their tools. When I was using ECoach in my Stats 250 class, I noticed that many students were not taking full advantage of this great resource. To increase student engagement with ECoach, Holly and I decided that I would join their team and create a roadshow to share my personal experience using the tool. I spent the remainder of the Fall 2018 semester drafting, editing, and refining my five-minute PowerPoint. By January 2019, I hit the road and started presenting. Speaking in front of classes with more than 300 students like Stats 250, my public speaking skills significantly developed. My passion earned me the affectionate nickname ‘ECoach superfan,’ an appropriate sobriquet if ever there was one. My time at CAI came to a close after I delivered my tenth and final presentation…or so I thought.

Earlier this year, I re-joined CAI as the Program Coordinator Fellow, and I could not be more excited. Though I have only been back for three months, I have worked on many different projects that required the skills I culminated during my three years at this great university. On Valentine’s Day, I spoke on a student panel about the role of data in higher education. More recently, I researched and created a proposal advocating for a new pay structure for student fellows in the office. I am excited to report this proposal is now in the process of being adopted! More than the projects, it is the people that have made my time at AI so memorable. From Holly Derry to Marissa Reid to countless others, they have shown me nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for the work I have done. As I look forward to law school next fall, the lessons, projects, and friendships I made at CAI will not soon be forgotten.

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Denny Starks

Public Engagement Fellow

Graduate Student

School of Information, UX Research & Design

From a personal ethnographic observation I conducted last semester in my courses, I found the majority of my classmates were unaware of the Teach-Outs (T-OS) series and it’s benefits. My classmates expressed interest in engaging in T-Os once they became aware.

I designed a proposal to get a deeper understanding of how students define engagement in online learning experiences. My research questions were the following:

  1. What does engagement in a Teach-Out look like from a student’s perspective
  2. What are the contributing factors to students engaging or not engaging with Teach-Outs?
  3. How can student engagement with Teach-Outs be increased?

I planned to conduct a focus group with ten students. These results would’ve given insights on how to better reach students to increase their engagement and awareness with the series. However, the COVID pandemic forced a cancellation of the focus group, and a virtual option was not feasible at this time. Because of this project I’ve learned, priorities change and sometimes projects end, and how to adapt to these changes.

Denny Starks Poster
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Tsung-Lin (Alex) Tsai

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA in Educational Leadership and Policy

I think showcasing my poster is a unique learning opportunity to articulate my learning in a formal setting. The process of creating this poster allows me to zoom in on what matters most of my findings; at the same time, not losing any detail of the project that would make someone confused. In the end, this experience serves as an important milestone for me.

Alex Tsai Poster
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Janet Vu

Software Development Fellow

Undergraduate - Junior

College of LS&A, Computer Science

Hi, I’m Janet and I’m currently studying Computer Science in University of Michigan’s Literature, Science, and Arts school in the LSA Honors program. My poster for the showcase, “Charting Atlas: A Software Development Fellow Perspective,” gives a quick rundown about what Atlas is and what the Atlas team does while also sharing what I contributed. Overall, working at Academic Innovation as a student fellow was positive. Even with the chaos of the many moving parts within the project and new hires added to my heavy course load and extracurricular involvement, team members are understanding and quick to offer help where it’s needed. It was also cool to see the inner workings of how and why certain decisions were made with Atlas and to get some experience with technologies like Vue and Django.

Janet Vu Poster
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Jiahiu Zhou

User Experience Design Fellow

Graduate Student

School of Information

The poster displays the four main features I have worked on for the Michigan Online website. For more information of each feature and the design process, you are encouraged to click the link at the left side of the poster, which will direct you to an interactive demo.

Jiahui Zhou Poster
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Yali Zhang

Student in Residence, Learning Experience Design Certificate Program

Graduate Student

School of Education, MA Teaching and Learning

This poster explains the meaning of short-form content and the application of it in online learning settings. Firstly, it gives various definitions to show what is short-form content, followed by the characteristics of short-form content. Then it discusses its usage with three examples from online resources. Respectively, there are informative pictures, text content which helps learners’ discussion, and a diagram showing the structure of how to solve/ analyze a problem. The last section discusses the indication of short-form content for online courses, by pointing out MOOCs and class design structure, it concludes that short-form content can be used in 1) online discussion section, 2) principle explanation section, 3) debriefing sections, 4) small skills of life and 5) knowledge building and scaffolding section and course design section. As an extra section, “other application” is also listed at the end of the poster.

Yali Zhang Poster
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Student Video Presentations

Kayla Wiggins, Media Design Fellow


Eesha Parasnis, Behavioral Science Fellow


Yijing Chen, Data Science Student Fellow


Emily Lamot, Online & Hybrid Programs Fellow


Julia Maxwell, Design Management Fellow


Olivia Gorczyca, Online & Hybrid Programs Fellow


Shaelyn Albrecht, User Experience (UX) Research Fellow


Joanna Ye, UX Research Fellow & Joy Huang, UX Design Fellow


Ryan Morrison, Business Development Fellow, Software Development


AIM Showcases feature Academic Innovation initiatives highlighting main themes of our work such as student fellow accomplishments, research and data, software tools, online learning experiences, public engagement, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students, staff, and guests. As we all work together to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 disease brought on by coronavirus, the Center for Academic Innovation is postponing all upcoming in-person events. We are evaluating each event for potential adjustments in format and date and will reach out again when decisions have been finalized. 

We appreciate your understanding during these difficult and uncertain times. We apologize for any inconvenience. You can see the latest information on the status of all upcoming events on our events page.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at academicinnovation@umich.edu