In the latest announcement, University of Michigan has secured $50 million to develop a Center for Academic Innovation. Sources allege, the new department is an upgrade to the previous Office of Academic Innovation.
The University’s academic innovation programs have centered on technology for both on-campus and online learning. According to James DeVaney, the center’s founding executive director, the center focused primarily on three focus areas such as educational data, circular innovation and tools for learning.
The university has launched three online degree programs in September, in addition to expanding the centre’s online and hybrid offerings.
“There’s a great deal of blurring between our activities in the online, hybrid and residential domains,” commented DeVaney. “What we’re looking to do is combine the gains and the strides forward we’ve seen in online learning with some of the educational technology we’ve built for campus-based students and see how we might further personalize those learning experiences.”
Furthermore, he drew attention to the center’s efforts in developing various software with the help of an ed-tech incubators. Figures suggest over 85 percent of Michigan students have used the programs. ECoach has been one of the software programs focusing on introductory lectures and guides students in voice of peers.
Other colleges are also following the suit and developing their own software programs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University are a few to name.
“It’s helping students to develop better study habits and to meet their desired goals for a course by way of providing students with good information from students like them who have taken similar courses in the past,” said DeVaney.
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