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December 18, 2018

Academics

December 16, 2018

Academic Innovation notes strides as U-M hits online enrollment milestone

In the four years since the University of Michigan announced a centralized effort to promote digital learning and two years after U-M's president announced Academic Innovation as a major initiative, the university has experienced more than 7 million enrollments in online learning opportunities that involved people in 190 countries.

December 3, 2018

U-M approves graduate certificate in computational neuroscience

The new Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience will help bridge the gap between experimentally focused studies and quantitative modeling and analysis, giving graduate students a chance to broaden their skill sets in the diversifying field of brain science.

December 3, 2018

Ford School launches new degree that builds on work experience

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is launching a new degree in the 2019-20 academic year geared toward students with some professional work experience who are passionate about public affairs and looking to deepen their skills to enhance their careers.

October 29, 2018

Teach-out to encourage common ground in turbulent times

A recent NBC News headline reads “Americans are divided over everything except division.”

The article and many others of late make similar claims: Those in the United States who disagree strongly on many issues at least can agree that this is an extremely divided nation.

October 29, 2018

Mentoring at Michigan

A lingering sense of self-doubt plagued Anna Horton when she transferred to the University of Michigan last year.

The English major worried her prior educational experiences hadn’t prepared her for Michigan, and her performance anxiety centered on her writing skills.

September 27, 2018

‘Active learning’ effort a step toward broader change in higher ed

It’s the opposite of a passive lecture. “Active learning” is a teaching method that requires students to participate in their own learning, to talk to each other in class and to purposefully engage with the material.

It works, but professors are often wary of using it because they think students will rebel.

August 21, 2018

Ross School announces plans to offer part-time MBA online

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business announced Tuesday that it will offer a Master of Business Administration degree for working professionals to be delivered mostly online.

The Part-time MBA: Online is a new addition to the Ross MBA program options, which include full-time, evening, weekend, executive and global formats.

May 29, 2018

Online portal puts U-M digital learning opportunities in one place

As the University of Michigan continues to expand its digital learning portfolio, the Office of Academic Innovation has a new gateway for one-stop access to online courses and learning experiences created by Michigan faculty and instructional teams.

May 17, 2018

Mozart and molars: Music soothes nerves of dental students

Their most anticipated and stressful practical test is one hour away, but instead of pacing anxiously or stretching in the nearby corridors, the first-year dental students at the University of Michigan are enjoying classical music in a packed lecture hall.

April 25, 2018

Power Foundation gift funds new policy engagement program

A new program at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will encourage partnerships among University of Michigan faculty and students, and people and organizations outside the university, who are actively working on — and have the capacity for changing — public policy.

April 17, 2018

New textbook deal targets affordability, guaranteed fulfillment

In an effort to create a more affordable, streamlined and reliable experience for students and faculty, the University of Michigan will begin working with Barnes & Noble College as its preferred textbook vendor starting with the fall semester.

April 10, 2018

Golden Apple lecturer details political power of optimism

During her "ideal last lecture," Golden Apple Award recipient Sandra Levitsky discussed her road to becoming a teacher, described the underlying optimism behind the study of sociology, and emphasized how using one's voice to promote social change is a politically powerful form of optimism.

March 6, 2018

University announces first online degrees through Coursera

Online learners may soon have three new University of Michigan master's degree options through a partnership with Coursera — one in the growing field of applied data science, a first-of-its-kind program in public health, and an advanced program in construction engineering and management.

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