Innovation Collaboratory

The ASU Innovation Collaboratory is an incubator for enabling and catalyzing Universal Learning. This is an evolving model of higher education that is “capable of being of service to all learners, at all stages of work and learning, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, through educational, training, and skill-building opportunities.” Convening creative minds across ASU’s communities, the Innovation Collaboratory focuses on opportunities to enrich teaching and learning, including the exploration of emerging technologies.

Three focus areas were identified as critical to address, in order to achieve Universal Learning: digital fluency, student success, and next-generation learning environments. Each focal area will have a dedicated workstream of people from various units and colleges across ASU to guide, evaluate, and support the development and success of Big Innovations — technology-enabled solutions that advance Universal Learning.

Innovation Workstreams

Digital Fluency is understanding how to navigate digital environments.

Digital Fluency

Digital fluency is understanding how to navigate digital environments, intuitively adapt to new digital contexts, and use technology to create or collaborate on original content. Programs must emphasize digital creation, not just consumption. Institutions cannot expect to graduate digitally fluent students if the people directing their education are not digitally fluent. Cultivating high digital fluency requires ongoing faculty, staff, and student engagement and support.

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Student Success

Student success is the culmination of several purposeful, intertwined strategies and approaches. Improved retention and persistence towards a degree requires a focus on creating authentic learning experiences, recognizing the acquisition of new competencies and skills in a variety of formats, fostering deep interactions, humanizing digital immersion learning, personalizing learning, and providing timely, proactive interventions.

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Next-Gen Learning Environments

Next-Gen Learning Environments

The adoption of new approaches to teaching and learning calls for updated physical and digital spaces. Configurable and adaptive spaces for interactivity, group work, and hands-on activities where people can customize the space based on the activity is key.

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