The blurring of lines between teaching and the use of technology prompted the Faculty Senate to call for a new model of support for faculty who want to retool their classes for the 21st century classroom. Academic Innovation builds on Extended Learning's quality in course design to create a unit dedicated to the advancement of innovation in teaching and learning both on-campus and online. A professional and dedicated staff is excited about building a new organization that’s a model for other universities to emulate. The restructuring actualizes Realization 1 of WVU 2020 Strategic Plan - to improve structures, processes and communication.
Academic Innovation is comprised of the following areas:
iDesign provides the infrastructure to support faculty in teaching and learning efforts. As programs explore active learning or new ways to engage learners, instructional and visual designers provide consultation and support for faculty. This unit also manages the technology classrooms.
Faculty and Graduate Student Support coordinates, plans, and delivers programming across the career spectrum to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new professors, and experienced faculty.
Student Success supports online and non-traditional students, from initial inquiry through graduation. The enrollment team assists students and works closely with departments to streamline the student's experience. The staff also supports University College students who are taking online classes in the Multidisciplinary Studies and Regents B.A. bachelor degrees.
Program Development, Operations and Systems include academic oversight and collaboration with Colleges to develop new programs. The staff also works with supporting units such as the Office of Information Technology to implement the best learning management environment for all students.
WVU Summer Sessions 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.
K12 Partnerships 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.
The administrative offices are located on the 3rd floor of the Jackson-Kelly Building at 150 Clay Street, Morgantown. The Teaching and Learning Commons staff is on the 2nd Floor. The iDesign-classroom administrative offices are at Room 210 Hodges Hall.