May 2021 Director Update

Dear Center for Academic Innovation Community,

With Spring Commencement, thousands of graduates and their families are able to celebrate the end of a long, thrilling journey as a student at University of Michigan. While this is the end of a special chapter in their lives, it is by no means the end of learning. The Center for Academic Innovation is working to meet learning needs beyond the classroom, working with you while you continue to write your own story. We want to help you navigate the future of work, connect you to what you’re passionate about and be a resource as you chart your own path.

The center is always working hard with collaborators and innovators throughout the university to continue developing learning, professional development and career-relevant opportunities to University of Michigan graduates, alumni and our global network of learners to meet the needs of today and ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

For graduates still exploring the right fit to kickstart their career, we have developed The Career Kickoff Collection of short-form content with a focus on finding your path, applying for a job, networking, boosting communication skills and discovering your leadership potential. The collection utilizes materials found in some of our top courses including Brilliant Passionate You, the Science of Success, Successful Negotiations and Leading Teams. You can explore these short videos and readings and connect to longer courses and series that match your interests.

May also brings with it warmer weather and an opportunity to enjoy and bond over sports — with more and more opportunities to watch in person. While many watch for the love of the game, to hang out with friends and family or just to enjoy the nice weather, for the serious sports fan interested in analytics, predictive values and the emerging world of sports betting, we have recently launched the Sports Performance Analytics specialization. This five-course series brings together top faculty in the School of Information and School of Kinesiology to explore the foundations of sports analytics, prediction models for sports betting, wearable technology and machine learning.

Finally, students who will be returning to campus this fall can get a head start on their upcoming journey with the help of Atlas, the center’s online information source that helps students navigate their academic world and make informed decisions about their educational pathway by researching courses, instructors, and majors to find the courses and schedule that meets their needs.

James DeVaney

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation

Founding Executive Director of the Center for Academic Innovation

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