LearnDAT is your partner in e-learning development
Please consider Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT) as a partner when developing your next online offering. We offer:
- years of experience
- unique blend of creativity, technical ability
- many services free-of-charge for MSU to develop online & blended for-credit courses
- a variety of specialists to complement college faculty & staff
LearnDAT offers our creative services unit to clients that can leverage our expertise on their projects. LearnDAT offers a variety of services to support contracts and grants through MSU based on years of experience developing web sites, web applications, online learning, and virtual learning environments. Below you can find more detail on our capabilities to get a better idea of what we can do, and how it might help you.
To support the scholarly activity at the university, including research and outreach, LearnDAT can assist you in developing a web-presence. Any idea composed from the services below and grounded in our experience with online learning is fair game. We can help with proposal writing, budgeting, and grant development at the front-end and delivery and execution of the project if you get funding. Request a proposal writing meeting with Brendan or Jiatyan.
LearnDAT has experience making content more modular, repackaging content, and creating online courseware for multiple audiences. You can make use of this experience to choose better strategies to get the most from your content development efforts. We can discuss instructional design strategies with you to ensure the needs of your diverse set of learners are met.
If you are trying to incorporate interactivity, simulation or game elements into your course, LearnDAT can help. Most learning games are difficult to create because of the scope of effort and cost involved with development. LearnDAT's experience building interactive learning tools will allow you to emerge from the early design process with a clear idea of how to start and what resources you'll need. Ask for a game-design meeting with Jiatyan.
Multimedia and Graphic Design
Your ideas can be made into reality. You may not be able to draw yourself, but by working with LearnDAT you can take advantage of our focus on implementing online learning solutions.
Software Development and Programming
If you don’t have the time or desire to program interactive tools for your course, take the time to contact LearnDAT to see if we can be of help. In many cases, we can perform these functions for you and leave you free to create and teach your course content. Visit our showcase to see examples of our past work, or read more about specific contracts we completed.
One of LearnDAT’s missions is to help faculty learn about different pedagogical approaches to teaching through the online medium and the available learning technologies. We partner with a variety of other units on campus to reach MSU's instructors. You can regularly find our offerings through Faculty and Organizational Development and the Libraries, Computing and Technology Training available on Spartans Learn.
We also encourage you to sign up for our listserv for announcements about mini-lectures such as our Breakfast Series, as well as multi-day intensive courses, such as our Hybrid 101 Workshop.
In addition, we are glad to visit your department or attend a staff meeting to talk about the world of technology and teaching at MSU. Contact Brandon or Keesa to discuss an idea for a seminar or workshop you’d be interested in us presenting.
Online & Blended Learning
LearnDAT offers a variety of services associated with the development, launch, and enhancement of online and blended courses, certificate-programs, and degree-programs.
Creating New Courses
We will help refine your vision and implement your ideas. You will receive continued assistance while offering your course to students for the first time and enhancements based on feedback after the semester ends. Learn more about our course development process or request a meeting. Tell us about your course and ask for a producer to be assigned.
Consulting to Enhance Existing Courses
Consider ways in which technology might enhance and enliven your content or learning environment. Discover how to improve your course and identify the changes that you will make in future semesters. LearnDAT can assist you by providing consultation and customized enhancements. See examples from past projects or request an enhancement meeting with a producer.
Launching and Nurturing Programs
Responsible for a revenue-based initiative? Need to take an existing program online? LearnDAT can help you leverage the knowledge of successful programs. Equip yourself to budget, staff, organize, deliver and assess your distance learning program. Read more about our flexible consulting arrangements and other initiatives useful to academic administrators or request a meeting with Brendan or Ryan.
Assessment & Evaluation
Like many online instructors, you may be challenged with how to assess the effectiveness of your course or how to evaluate student learning. You can benefit greatly from the ideas and proven strategies LearnDAT has developed with the many previous online instructors. Ask for a consulting meeting with a producer, and describe your assessment or evaluation concerns.
Building the Online Learning Environment
We help gather feedback from faculty and students to design the future of MSU's online learning environment. This involves collecting and organizing personas, functional requirements, and working with software developers and vendors to elaborate a vision for the future and bring it to fruition.
Shaping the Future
We are regularly involved in projects with other Libraries Computing & Technology units to implement new services and features for faculty and students. Let us know what you think, need, or feel about MSU's enterprise learning infrastructure. Examples include MSU's Learning Management Systems like ANGEL and Moodle, Web-Media services like StoreMedia, and Synchronous Learning Platforms like Adobe Connect.
You probably hear of a new trend in instructional technology every month. LearnDAT often experiments with new systems and software. You can benefit from our ability to adapt quickly using new technologies. We can help you move beyond the hype and apply the right technologies to your instructional challenges. After we explore options with you and help you focus your idea, we can explore implementation strategies and projects.
Learning Environment Hosting
We can host the website we co-create, in addition to helping you develop your content management system, social network, and other kinds of web-based learning environments. Based in MSU’s datacenter we add value by providing experienced system administrators who work with clients to ensure important monthly maintenance and upgrades take place. Contact Tim or BJ to ask about our hosting services.
Mobile Application Development Platform
LearnDAT provides a hosting platform and professional staff for developing mobile applications. Relevant projects include: mobile applications and websites associated with mobile learning projects, online courses, and blended courses. We try to maintain an environment compatible with MSU's Mobile site but can develop for many platforms. Contact Jiatyan or BJ to meet about your mobile application needs.