Winter 2020 Welcome Letter

Winter 2020 Welcome LetterColleagues and Friends, We closed 2019 with an exciting Fall semester highlighted by the establishment of the new Center for Academic Innovation, the launch of multiple online degrees with our partners at Coursera, establishing a new campuswide XR Initiative, expanding our homegrown edtech portfolio, launching an exciting new partnership with FutureLearn, launching new…

Ready to Go Blue

Ready to Go Blue WorkshopsU-M faculty and instructors are reenvisioning fall classes in a variety of engaging formats including in-person, remote, and hybrid. Ready to Go Blue (R2GB) is a cross-campus collaboration with sessions to provide support for these efforts ranging from highlighting pedagogical best practices to how-to sessions on specific tools, and opportunities for consultations. Our…

Pain into Progress: Creating the Police Brutality in America Teach-Out

Teach-Out traces the history of police violence, the demands of protesters, impediments to police reform and a guide for future action Ryan Henyard, Faculty Experience Designer I don’t watch the videos anymore - I don’t need to. Like many Black folks, the screenshots and articles are enough for my brain to fill in the gaps. When I saw the hashtag for George Floyd and read his last words, I…

MiXR Studios Podcast: Citizen Kane VR and the Future of Film with Guest Matthew Solomon

Jeremy Nelson, Director of the XR Initiative Matthew Solomon In this week’s MiXR Studios podcast, we talk with Matthew Solomon, associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Media, about his fascinating work in creating a VR instructional tool for students at the University of Michigan to recreate an iconic scene of Citizen Kane in virtual reality. Students in Introduction…

Jacob Fortman

Education: M.A. – Educational Studies – University of Michigan B.M.E. – Music Education – Michigan State University PublicationsQuintana, R. M., Fortman, J. (Forthcoming). Exploring the experience of students who take on alternative viewpoints within a role-based simulation. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). June 19 – 23. Nashville,…

Jacob Aguinaga

Education: Master of Arts – Educational Studies, Design and Technologies for Learning Across Culture and Contexts – School of Education – University of Michigan Bachelor of Arts – Education, Secondary Education – School of Education – University of Michigan Social Media:Jacob AguinagaLearning Experience DesignerWhy I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:I chose to work at…

David Stone

Education: Ph. D – Instructional Technology – Georgia State University M.S. – Instructional Technology – Georgia State University B.S. – Southern Polytechnic State University Social Media:Publications:Stone, D. (2017). Cooperating to serve students across institutional boundaries: Leveraging online ed in new ways.…

Wanlada Ault

Education: Master of Science – Accountancy – University of Toledo Wanlada AultFinancial SpecialistWhy I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:Growing up in a small country in Southeast Asia, and later following my dreams to come to the United States to study and work has given me a unique perspective of the learning process. I was one of the fortunate few from my area to have such an…

Annie Sadler

Education: Bachelors of Arts – English – Davidson College Social Media:Annie SadlerDesign ManagerWhy I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:I work at Academic Innovation because the Center has the potential to be the vanguard of imagining what the future of education can be when we center values of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in that imagining. Current Roles/Previous Experience:Annie…

Police brutality in America: Teach-Out encourages learners to get informed, involved

Laurel Thomas, Michigan News As Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the nation and deadly run-ins with police repeatedly make headlines, the University of Michigan explores the topic with a “Police Brutality in America Teach-Out.” Online now, the self-guided learning event on Coursera explores the history of policing in the United States and the legacy of mistrust between police…