New Cohort of Academic Innovation Fellows to Share Groundbreaking Work at Student Showcase

Marissa Reid, Student Program Coordinator

Each year, we gather to recognize the tireless work of our student fellows at the Office of Academic Innovation. Our team has made this event a tradition that celebrates the monumental growth of our students as young professionals and their significant impact on Academic Innovation. This year’s event will feature more than 20 student participants showcasing their work in various formats, including lightning talk presentations and academic posters.

I am excited for the wide range of projects that will be featured at this year’s showcase. The majority of the Academic Innovation portfolio will be represented by students contributing to the fields of behavioral science, data science, learning experience design, management, product management, public engagement, research, software development, and user experience design. Throughout the last few months, my colleagues and I have equipped our student innovators with resources to prepare them for this event. Among these resources was Yuanru Tan, Learning Experience Designer for Accessibility, who served as a mentor to our group of student fellows after contributing to last year’s showcase as a student fellow herself. We also utilized the strong communication skills of Elyse Aurbach, Public Engagement Lead, who led multiple public speaking workshops surrounding audience, narrative, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

“It was very interactive and fun. The workshop presented ways to express yourself in ways that could be applied to our presentation.” – Xuenan Xu, User Experience Design Fellow

See below for a sneak peek of the types of topics that will be presented by our amazing student fellows:

Vishal Chandawarkar: Keeping the Discussion Alive: Product Differentiation Through Media-Based Discussion

Shaung Cheng & Yun Hsiao: Problem Roulette
Kush Dawar: Learning Engagement for Support Staff and Learners

Liz Hanley: Visualizing Learner Journeys in the Python for Everybody Course Series

Siyu Jia (Pansy): Telling the Course Series Story: Building Success Metrics for MOOCs from a Product Perspective

Christopher Lezama: What is Software QA?

Yiwen Lin & Xindi Wang: Mentor Academy 2.0: Exploring New Meanings of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in MOOCs

Xi Li: A Design Journey on ECoach Planet

Yuting Luo: Course Building and Course Operations

Brandon Punturo: ViewPoint: Utilizing Natural Language Processing to Understand Participants

Shameek Ray: GradeCraft

Megan Taylor: How the Conceptualizing Public Engagement Series Helped Us to Make Sense of Public Engagement at U-M

Tayloir Thompson: Understanding the Product Life Cycle of GradeCraft

Kylie Wojciechowski: From Quick Findings to Formal Reports: When and Why to Use Which in User & Design Research

Xuenan Xu: My OMG Design Journey at Academic Innovation

Wenfei Yan: Exploring Learner Engagement Patterns in Teach-Outs: Using Topic, Sentiment and On-topicness to Reflect on Pedagogy

Nichole Yang: Writing Learning Objectives “Retroactively” and Creating Course Personas

Mengdan Yuan: Who Wins, Who Learns? Exploring Gameful Pedagogy as a Personalization Technique to Support Student Differences

Fanpan Zeng: Michigan Online Admin Improvement

Xucong Zhan: “Premature Optimization Is the Root of All Evil” – Me Living Through a Quote in AI

Though I have only been here for a little under a year, my role as Student Program Coordinator has been extremely rewarding. I’ve had the distinct honor of helping our 2018-2019 cohort of fellows transition from young adults to young professionals and watching our staff cultivate their skillset. This event is not just a showcase, but also a way for the University of Michigan community to gain insight into what our students do, the fellowship experience, and what drives our students.

Please join me this year on April 11, 2019 for our third annual Academic Innovation Student Showcase located in Forum Hall & in the Great Lakes Room of Palmer Commons. Here you will see why we are so proud our students chose Academic Innovation as a part of their journey.

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