Education Innovation

Technology provides new ways to gather, process, and share information, which is driving dramatic  changes in classrooms and workplaces. The University will foster creativity and innovation in teaching and learning by investing in academic technology, pedagogical approaches, and educational outcomes research.


  • Establish the Platform for Excellent Teaching and Learning (PETAL) to coordinate existing initiatives and stimulate experimentation with technology, foster innovative course design and delivery, and support faculty learning communities
  • Create innovative, team-taught courses and research initiatives that draw faculty and students from different colleges
  • Appoint a Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • Re-examine criteria for faculty evaluation to consider innovative modes of teaching and professional excellence
  • Create a centralized budget to routinely refresh technology in learning spaces
  • Minimize barriers to study abroad and civic engagement
The accountable lead for the Education Innovation initiative is William Scott Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education.

“As educators we must move out of traditional classrooms and lecture halls and into the world. Our students are learning by working with paying clients in a space designed for collaboration.”

Gregory Shepherd, Dean of the School of Communication