4 ways to fine-tune academic innovation in higher ed

Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

1) Move Your Focus from Labs to Teams

In 2014, the University of Michigan launched a new Office of Digital Education & Innovation, charged with scaling up instructional innovation and experimentation across the institution. In its early days, the office was divided into three labs:

  • The Learning, Education and Design Lab, focused on doing research and scholarship to understand how instructional technologies and digital media can be used in teaching, learning and collaboration;
  • The Digital Education & Innovation Lab, which was established to help create new digital courses, including MOOCs, and help develop open educational resources; and
  • The Digital Innovation Greenhouse, which emphasized development of software specifically to help students.

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