Academic Innovation

The convergence of teaching and technology prompted the Faculty Senate to call for a new model of support to meet the challenges of the 21st century classroom. Academic Innovation was formed in 2013 to build on Extended Learning's experience in quality course design and to create a unit dedicated to innovation in teaching and learning both on-campus and online. This unit supports Realization 1 of WVU 2020 Strategic Plan - to improve structures, processes and communication.

The administrative offices are located on the 3rd floor of the Jackson-Kelly Building at 150 Clay Street, Morgantown, WV 26508. The Teaching and Learning Commons staff is on the 2nd Floor. The iDesign-classroom administrative offices are at Room 210 Hodges Hall.

Staff Directory

Academic Innovation is comprised of the following areas:

Teaching and Learning Commons

The Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) provides teaching support and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.


The iDesign team supports faculty who want to improve their teaching through workshops, consultation, and faculty development. This unit provides the infrastructure to support faculty in teaching and learning efforts, specifically related to instructional design and technology integration. As programs explore active learning initiatives (such as flipped classrooms), instructional and visual designers and classroom technologists are available to assist. iDesign is currently comprised of 3 areas:

  • iDesign - Instructional staff assists with course and instructional design for online, face-to -face, and blended delivery.
  • iDesign - Visual staff assists with the creation of interactive learning objects, infographics, and other audio/video course design elements.
  • iDesign - Classroom staff focuses on effective classroom technology integration and provides related training, consultation, and support services to enhance the teaching and learning


Professional staff is available to support all instructors (full- and part-time faculty, teaching assistants, postdocs) in the desire to improve their teaching and to deepen student learning. There is an array of events in face-to-face and online formats, including consultations, workshops, seminar courses, and networking opportunities. For postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Graduate Academy also provides a range of programs in core competencies for career success.

WVU Online and Extended Campus

West Virginia University offers more than 20 graduate degrees and certificates online and off-campus and 3 undergraduate degree completion programs. Through collaboration with WVU’s schools and colleges, this unit provides oversight and support for all online and off-campus programs.

The Student Success team supports online and non-traditional students, from initial inquiry through graduation. The staff works closely with academic departments to streamline the student's experience and to develop new programs.

Continuing and Professional Education

WVU offers an array of non-credit courses for professional development and personal enrichment through Continuing and Professional Education. Hundreds of courses are delivered online and some offered locally in the Morgantown area.

WVU Summer Session

The WVU Summer Sessions office is nationally recognized for its success in developing summer as a strong part of the academic calendar. The summer term has become a time to test innovation and strategies in teaching and learning due to the compressed timeframe and flexible formats from blended to travel to a combination of approaches. The staff provides support and consultation to academic departments who want to increase summer enrollment.

WVU Academic Innovation K12

The WVU ACCESS Early College Program offers classes online and in high schools around the state. The staff has also developed digital content for secondary education courses for the states of West Virginia and Maryland.

The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.