Designing Better Online Courses by Understanding Learners

Adam Levick, Data Scientist @adlevick Rebecca Quintana, Learning Experience Designer @rebquintana Stephanie Haley, Engagement & Iteration Manager @stephrwooten *Academic Innovation presented a related case study at CHI 2017: “The Persona Party: Using Personas to Design for Learning at Scale”*   Think back to the last time you stayed in someone else's house/apartment without them…

University of Michigan Teach-Outs

University of Michigan Teach-OutsAddressing the problems, events and phenomena most important to society “There is no shortage of problems that would benefit from the academic excellence and remarkable breadth of the University of Michigan faculty. During this, our bicentennial year, two of my major priorities as president are to enhance the ability of our faculty to contribute to public…

Academic Innovation Initiative Leads to Rapid Launch of 20 Experimental Projects

James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation @devaneygoblue In September 2016, President Schlissel kicked off a new Academic Innovation Initiative and called for the next stage in the evolution of the University of Michigan’s leadership in higher education. At a series of opening events in the Fall, our community gathered in a range of settings to articulate the many ways in…

The Academic Innovation Initiative: What are Faculty Excited about this Term?

Sarah Moncada, Academic Innovation Initiative Project Coordinator @scsutter The Academic Innovation Initiative continues “full steam ahead” in 2017 as the university celebrates its bicentennial year. The Initiative’s faculty steering committee has been working to design projects and structures that enable ongoing academic innovation across the university. In recent months, faculty design groups…

A New Renaissance for Higher Education

James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Dean of Libraries James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation @devaneygoblue A new academic term, a bicentennial, and many reasons for optimism. Education is the greatest transformative invention the world has ever known. It changes the lives of individuals and it changes the quality of human existence for the better. At…

Communities of Practice at U-M

Eric Joyce, Marketing Specialist @ericmjoyce What are unique models of residential education at the University of Michigan and what would it take to scale those models? These were the questions faculty and staff asked during an informal conversation last fall exploring how to identify and support communities of practice at Michigan. First, the group worked to establish a common understanding…

R&D Leaders from Top Universities Gather at U-M To Discuss What’s Next in Academic Innovation

Written by Laurel Thomas, Michigan News As universities increasingly experiment with how technology can enhance the learning experience, what if the people on the front lines of these efforts could systematically share stories of success and failure to help others steer in the right direction or avoid pitfalls? This is just one of the topics leaders from nearly 20 educational institutions…