Summer at the DEI Lab

Scott Mahler, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives @mahler_scott I’ve always enjoyed summer in the Ann Arbor area. There are a lot of people coming and going with a fun but invigorating atmosphere facilitated by a multitude of events open for the public to enjoy like the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Cinetopia International Film Festival, Detroit’s Concert of Colors, and…

Software Applications

Want to use a tool in your class, consult with developers, or propose an initiative for DIG? Contact us here. If you are a student, find paid fellowships here. The University of Michigan is a rich ecosystem of educational innovation, however not all initiatives have the opportunity to mature or are widely adopted. Digital enterprises too often lack the resources to fully grow from…

Dr. Chuck Inspires Programming Educator of the Future

Adam Levick, Market Research and Analytics Analyst @adlevick A 15 year old high school student has recently decided to take on a new role this summer: teaching an introductory programming class to her peers. This particular class will help those peers learn how to program in Python on a Raspberry Pi computer. Inspired by Chuck Severance’s Programming for Everybody (Python), a free, massive,…

Our Work

The Academic Innovation portfolio includes initiatives from across the University of Michigan campus. This page allows you to explore initiatives to give you a better understanding of what we do and how you can work with us. Interested in creating an initiative or exploring an idea? Contact us here and find  info about our Academic Innovation Fund.

Portfolio

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Precision Learning?

Gus Evrard, Thurnau Professor of Physics and Astronomy In a 2013 Nature Medicine article, Alla Katsnelson noted a shift in the lexicon of modern clinical medicine; the framework once known as personalized medicine had morphed into precision medicine. Might educators soon be following suit? The idea that knowing an individual’s genomic structure may lead to improved medical treatment holds great…

Collaborative Massive Research: MOOC Research Summit 2015

Christopher Brooks, Research Fellow, School of Information and Director of Learning Analytics and Research, DEI @cab938 Millions of learners have engaged in learning through Massive Open Online Course platforms such as Coursera, NovoEd, FutureLearn and EdX.  With content provided by many of the world's best universities, these platforms have delivered university-style courses on subjects ranging…

Helping Faculty Navigate Copyright in their MOOCs

Mike Daniel, Director, Policy and Operations for Digital Education & Innovation @michaeldaniel_ Faculty are presented with a myriad of challenges and opportunities when creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These can range from pedagogical considerations like instructional and assessment design to technical considerations such as determining whether their video content will be…

Why gameful? Why GradeCraft?

Cait Holman, PhD Candidate, School of Information - @chcholman Barry Fishman, Professor, Learning Technologies, School of Information & School of Education - @BarryFishman The next time you see someone playing a videogame, stop and watch for a moment: they are engaged in what they’re doing. They may have an intense look about them, and it doesn’t seem like what they’re doing is what we’d…