Q: What is My Spartan Story and the Spartan Experience Record?
A: My Spartan Story is a platform, database, and catalog where you can post — and students can find and track — non-credit MSU learning activities, also known as co-curricular experiences.
The Spartan Experience Record (SER) is where submitted experiences, once approved and validated in My Spartan Story, populate to formally recognize student learning in co-curricular experiences. The SER is a customizable document student’s can request alongside their transcript through the Registrar’s Office.
Q: What "counts" as a co-curricular experience?
A: At My Spartan Story, we define co-curricular experiences as any intentional learning opportunities, sponsored by an MSU office, staff member, or faculty member, that bear no academic credit. Co-curricular experiences also must have an articulated link to student learning that are assessed.
Q: What is the difference between My Spartan Story and the Spartan Experience Record?
A: My Spartan Story is the web platform where faculty, staff, and students interact around non-credit learning activities. Experiences in the platform are then validated by faculty, staff, or graduate students to populate on a student’s Spartan Experience Record. The Spartan Experience Record is the signed, official, customized MSU record of non-credit student learning that a student may share alongside their academic transcript. A co-curricular experience must be added to the My Spartan Story platform in order for it to be validated to display on a student’s SER.
Q: Can students place experiences in the platform?
A: Students cannot directly place experiences in the platform, but we highly encourage students to collaborate in the process of creating the submission through Google Docs. The submission placed in My Spartan Story must be completed by a faculty or staff member.
Q: How do students request activities to be added to their records?
A: MSU Activity Owners (faculty and staff) add the opportunity to the My Spartan Story platform. Students participate in an activity. Students are able to request a position to be added to their record beginning with the My Spartan Story Opportunities Catalog. When a student does so, the position will show as pending to a faculty or staff member Faculty and staff serving as validators then validate student participation at the completion of the learning experience. Once validated, the experience will populate on their Spartan Experience Record.
Q: What is the difference between a resumé and the Spartan Experience Record?
A: My Spartan Story is a comprehensive dashboard and database of student learning activities. A resume is a curated, targeted document aimed at particular employers or schools. The Spartan Experience Record created through My Spartan Story is meant to enhance a resume, or to be used to help students evaluate their experiences in order to build a stronger resume by highlighting the learning in these experiences.
Q: How do I assist students who have questions about/discuss My Spartan Story or the Spartan Experience Record?
A: Please direct them to mystory.msu.edu and ask them to log in and explore their dashboard together. The ways students make sense of and narrate their in-course and out of class learning experiences is vital to their academic and career success. The My Spartan Story team is happy to work with students to help them make sense of their learning. Students are more than welcome to contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is the timeline for approval after I submit a position/activity?
A: After you submit a position and activity, the submission goes to our Advisory Committee, where two members review your submission and make any necessary critiques or comments. In general, we aim to move a submission through our approval process in two weeks. If the Advisory Committee has questions or concerns about your submission, one of our staff members will reach out for clarity and revisions before the position is approved.
Q: What does "validated" mean?
A: It means that you have evidence of student learning as a result of a student’s participation in your opportunity and position on campus (i.e. student employee, volunteer, undergraduate researcher, intern, etc.).
Q: What is the difference between an activity provider/owner and validator?
A: The activity provider/owner is the faculty or staff member offering a co-curricular opportunity aligning with institutional learning outcomes who serves as the submitter of an experience to My Spartan Story platform. A validator is someone who can speak to the actual learning that occurred in students in the experience. This person can be the same for both roles, or they can be two different people. For example, a graduate student could be the validator if they are the advisor of a group that is going to meetings and evaluating student learning. The graduate student’s supervisor could be the activity owner, due to the fact that they are in a permanent position and can be contacted for information about the group.
Q: How do I add a large group of students to a position?
A: You can do this on the portal, or send the My Spartan Story team a file with the MSU NetIDs of the large group of students. Please reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions!
Q: How do I work on my submission without draft functionality?
A: We have created a Google Spreadsheet for you to work on your answers to all the questions before you submit. You can also share this file with peers or the students in the position you are submitting for. Here is the link to the spreadsheet (please make a copy for your specific submission).
Q: Where does My Spartan Story fit within the institution structure?
A: My Spartan Story is a unit under the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Currently, the My Spartan Story team works remotely; when on campus, we work out of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology in Wells Hall.