As part of a recent grant submission, we included this comic showing the history and aims of the EDLI team. The comic walks through the origins of EDLI and demonstrates how we work in values-enacted ways with faculty, students, and administrators to promote high-quality, engaging digital learning strategies.
Below is a text description and the contents of each pane.
This is a portrait-style image that has 12 panes situated in 4 rows and three columns. The comic is read from left to right across each row. Each pane is represented below in this order.
Text: The 2020 pandemic caught MSU without a center for teaching…
Description: EDLI in green letters in the upper left corner. The image features a blue background and drawing of Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. A person is standing in front of the tower with question marks above their head and a KN95 style mask is flying through the air.
Text: Four units came together.
Description: Square pane is divided into four quadrants. Each quadrant has a person in it and it represents four collaborating units starting from the top left and going clockwise, Business, Library, Arts & Letters, Science.
Text: We Tried for… But it looked more like… “Does anyone have a tutorial on this?” “I Do!” MSU saw a chance to build upon this work
Description: Square pane is divided with a vertical line into two halves. The left half is divided in half with a horizontal line and starts with text We tried for… and features an image of a very large robot that looks like a Transformer or GoBot toy. The robot is taller than the trees in the image and there are very small people standing in front of it. The lower left quadrant starts with text But it looked more like… and features an image of several people tripping over one another and falling down while asking the question “Does anyone have a tutorial on this?” and a response of “I Do!” In the right side of the pane the text reads MSU saw a chance to build upon this work. And shows a Greek style building with three columns reading Experiential Learning, Groupwork and Feedback, with the additional text of Humanizing the Digital Experience
Text: EDLI focuses on values-enacted practices with faculty.
“So I really like Groups” “Have you tried jigsaws? Or CatMe?” “We use CatMe in the Sciences”
Description: This pane features a yellow background with three people having a conversation. Person 1 says “So I really like Groups” and Person 2 responds “Have you tried jigsaws? Or CatMe?” Person 3 then responds “We use CatMe in the Sciences”
Text: Promoting student voices
“Why won’t they turn their cameras on?”
“Let’s ask in mid semester survey “
Description: Two people are sitting in front of a computer with a Zoom-like video conference up on the screen with multiple squares in a grid layout. One person looks at the other and asks “Why won’t they turn their cameras on?” and the other responds “Let’s ask in mid semester survey”
Text: Turning classrooms into data collecting opportunities
“Hmmm, the mere mention of hyflex causes a sweat.”
Description: Two people are standing in front of a lecture hall with an instructor station in the foreground. One of the people says to the other one “Hmmm, the mere mention of hyflex causes a sweat.”
Text: That data helps inform our support communities…
“Would this help?”
Description: The pane is divided into 4 quadrants by a telephone cord. There is a circle in the middle where a person is holding 4 phones and saying, “Got it!” and “Would this help?” In the quadrants to their left, there is a person holding a smartphone up to their ear. In the quadrant below the circle, there is a person holding a phone. In the quadrant to the right of the circle, there is a person holding a baby with a phone pressed against their ear.
Text: … and guide policy
Description: This pane shows a computer screen against an orange background. Someone’s hands can be seen typing on the keyboard. On the computer screen, the words “Webcams!” and “Online Proctor” can be seen.
Text: This interdisciplinary group has allowed us to incorporate more views.
“How do we do this?”
“Why do we do this?”
“Is this sustainable?”
Description: Three people are facing an image of a computer with a keyboard and mouse. Person 1 on the left asks “How do we do this?” The person in the middle asks “Why do we do this?” The person on the right asks “Is this sustainable?”
Text: Ultimately, Humanizing the Digital Experience has meant increasing inclusion for the few… That positive improves the experience of the many
Description: A graph of a normal distribution on a green background. The tails of the graph on either side are highlighted. There are arrows pointing towards the middle of the graph with the word “focus” written beneath them. There is a third arrow pointing upwards with the word “improve” written below it.
Text: Our approaches are fairly straight forward.
1 work across scale
2 support interdisciplinarity
3 focus on work for equity & inclusion that helps everyone!
Description: Text written on a green background. It reads: 1 work across scale, 2 support interdisciplinarity, 3 focus on work for equity & inclusion that helps everyone!
These approaches are essential so that we can explore and adapt to meet the evolving digital education landscape.
Description: The acronym EDLI is written on a green background. Surrounding the letters are a series of lines that branch out from the center of the image. In these lines, the words “feedback”, “humanizing”, “experiential learning”, and “group work” can be seen.