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Do you understand how your academic transcript is used and by whom? Do you find your transcript useful as you make choices about courses to take or majors to consider? Many institutions argue that the traditional term-by-term list format is outdated and difficult to process. Are you interested in developing a more user-friendly mode of presenting student course data? Join representatives from University of Michigan’s Office of the Registrar and Office of Academic Innovation for a Design Jam to build prototypes that visualize transcript data in new, more useful ways for students.


We welcome all students to participate regardless of expertise. Students interested in data visualization, interactive decision-making tools, or helping learners make more informed choices about their academic programs might be particularly drawn to this event.

Representatives from the Registrar’s Office will kick off the event with a discussion of important trends in transcript design and official representations of student achievements.

Ben Koester (Learning Analytics Research Specialist for LSA Physics) and Chris Teplovs (Lead Developer in the Digital Innovation Greenhouse) will present their prototype visualizations to help generate initial ideas, and then diverse teams of students will break out to build their own mock-ups.

Members of the Registrar team as well as staff from the Office of Academic Innovation will facilitate the Design Jam and be available during the event to answer questions and offer guidance.


U-M’s Office of the Registrar is at the forefront of national conversations about alternative ways to represent student learning in official university records. They hope to gain insight from student perspectives on the usefulness of the current academic transcript as well as ways we might reimagine its format and content using digital tools.

With this in mind, the Design Jam will focus on the following questions:

  1. What kinds of data do students need in order to make informed choices about their enrollment in future courses or programs?
  2. How can course data and student performance be represented differently to optimize for accessibility, relevance, user experience, etc.?
  3. How might we break away from the restrictions of a paper document (i.e., linear, static) to produce an interactive, dynamic visualization of transcript data?

Your contributions will inform the interfaces students use to see and understand their unofficial transcript. Successful student projects from this event may also be submitted to the Campus of the Future bicentennial student competition.

We hope you’ll join us for this event! Dinner will be provided. Space is limited.


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