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.
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:
Faculty and Graduate Student Support
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.
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.
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.
Academic Innovation has had great success offering ACCESS classes in high schools around the state. This effort has now expanded to providing leadership and coordination for digital content development in secondary education courses for West Virginia and Maryland.