PURPOSE

Draft for Discussion

The Learning Design Strategy is intended to empower the MSU community — academic units, departments, faculty and students — to make decisions about how we design learning experiences that are shaped by our values, that serve current and future Spartans, and that are creative, excellent and sustainable.

We believe this strategy might be particularly useful when thinking about the role of technology as we continue to consider how to best shape learning and teaching approaches in the context of 21st-century tools, spaces and practices.

The three components of this website are:

Purpose

a discussion of MSU/s core values;

Practice

the institutional habits to enact our core values; and

Performance

a heuristic for strategic action, and a strategic framework that inspires, shapes and guides.

We need your help and share this draft strategy to invite discussion. At the bottom of both the PRACTICE and PERFORMANCE pages of this site, you’ll find a space to share your thoughts. We hope to inspire a lively conversation, and we call upon you to offer insight and recommendations.

Anchoring the Learning Design Strategy presented on this site is that MSU was founded on the visionary idea that practical knowledge can be combined with traditional scientific and classical studies to create a rigorous higher education curriculum that moves us from good to great. Michigan State University’s commitment to be excellent and accessible are embodied in our three core values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity.

MSU’s core values have been operationalized for some time via President Simon’s Bolder by Design framework, which encourages “enhancing the student experience” and “expanding international reach.” Figure 1 suggests an institutional strategy that is anchored to our core values and supported by the Bolder by Design imperatives, and that prefaces a discussion of institutional habits (which we explore in the PRACTICE area of this site).

Figure 1: MSU Institutional Strategy — our core values and strategic framework.

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MSU Institutional Strategy

Core Value Quality
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance
Core Value Inclusivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance Increase research opportunities
Core Value Connectivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance
Core Values Quality Inclusivity Connectivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance Enrich community, economic, and family life Advance our culture of high performance Increase research opportunities Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance