Killer Robots and the Humanities: Building an Interdisciplinary UX Program

The Experience Architecture (XA) program at Michigan State University is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary major in the Humanities focused on user experience. Through the exploration and building of products, services, and policies of digital and physical objects, students are trained as user experience architects, usability specialists, user researchers, information architects, interaction designers, content strategists, project managers, and developers of digital products,…

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Project eSankofa MOOCc: A ‘Massive Open Online Community conversation’

Project eSankofa at MSU’s African American and African Studies (AAAS) launched the first Massive Open Online Community conversation (MOOCc) via Canvas Network Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (Canvas Network offers open online courses taught by educators globally and provides a place and platform where teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect.) A new take on the MOOC, or Massive Open Online…

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New Experience Architecture (XA) Major Delivers on Creating Innovative Digital Solutions

Experience Architecture, or XA, is one “hot” and expanding MSU College of Arts & Letters major, and founding faculty members Liza Potts, Rebecca Tegtmeyer and William Hart-Davidson, couldn’t be more pleased with the strong student interest.  Tylor Hoekstra, a junior in the XA major, creates a wireframe for a website. Potts, who is XA program director and associate professor in…

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Engaging Lansing Public Schools’ Students BEYOND Insights into Creativity, Global Culture, and Arts & Humanities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp8F4IoRcxI&feature=emb_title The word “excitement” only begins to capture the atmosphere on the first day of this fall’s BEYOND Insights program at Michigan State University. Forty 6th graders from Lansing’s Pattengill Middle School and Post Oak Magnet School flooded a lower-floor classroom in the MSU Union, early one Friday morning, to discover a world filled with technological tools, creative resources and eager…

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Opening Doors to Cultures in Detroit

MSU’s CeLTA Language School and John R. King Academic & Performing Arts Academy’s long-standing relationship brings global and cultural awareness to Detroit’s children. MSU’s seven 2013-14 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) ventured recently with CeLTA Language School (CLS) Director Angelika Kraemer and other faculty members on a language- and culture-sharing journey to Detroit.  The FLTAs visited John R. King…

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