College Online Workgroup

I have been a member of the Colleges Online Workgroup (or COW as we lovingly call it) for a couple years now. It’s a small group of faculty that meet once a month to discuss topics relevant to online teaching. This year, we are focusing on the Quality Matters rubric, teasing apart one standard per meeting. The group started off with faculty from the College of Natural Science and the College of Arts and Letters (the two facilitators’ colleges), but has grown to encompass a broader range of fields. The different backgrounds and viewpoints, combined with the collective interest in online teaching, makes for a fun and helpful group.

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Faculty Learning Communitites

Michigan State provides a type of professional development for faculty and academic staff called Faculty Learning Communities (FLC). These are small groups that meet monthly and focus on specific topics like academic integrity or enriching the international student experience. Last spring, I joined the FLC on accessibility through creative innovation. We are dedicated to creating and revising accessible materials for the online learning environment. By examining and implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards, we focus on not only how to improve our own courses, but also how to help other faculty wrestling with these same issues.

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Outreach T-shirt Designs

For 2015 and 2016, I created the designs for the MSU Neuroscience Program Outreach t-shirt. I am always interested in sharing the design love, so if anyone out there would be interested in submitting a design suggestion for our shirts, please email it to...

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Brain Awareness Week Online 2016

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international campaign to promote the importance of neuroscience education and research to the public. It occurs in Mid-March, and during BAW the Neuroscience Program students and faculty travel to local schools with activities and presentations. We finish the week with our annual Neuroscience Fair, which is free to the public, and hundreds of visitors engage with our volunteers, learn some neuroscience, and always have a great time. But obviously not every classroom can be visited, and not everyone lives close enough to attend events like ours. So this year, the folks at BrainFacts.org asked if we would participate in a webinar designed to share neuroscience with everyone.

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Mura

A few years ago now, our college decided to try to increase the college brand and help departments manage their websites by adopting a content management system called Mura. Prior to the switch, I managed the MSU Neuroscience Program website with dreamweaver and wrote...

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