Teaching Innovations Committee

In January of 2014, the Florida Board of Governors created the Innovation and Online committee.  They were charged with “investigating policies and best practices for transformative and innovative approaches to the delivery of higher education.”  The committee then created a system-wide task force to develop the State University System Online Education 2025 Strategic Plan.

Why is the strategic plan important?

Along with the other SUS schools, UF will be held accountable for making measurable progress towards the goals, tactics and strategies outlined in the plan.  In particular, Tactic 3.1.4:

Develop a series of experimental incubation pilot projects to support new and emerging online education innovations through institutional partnerships, lead institution, or other methods to support collaboration with the purpose of building affordable, innovative approaches and models that work.

What does this mean to UF?

Groups across campus are working to increase affordability, access and quality of both online and face-to-face instruction.  As part of this effort, Dr. W. Andrew McCollough, Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology and Elias G. Eldayrie, Vice President and Chief Information Officer have established the Teaching Innovations Committee.

Committee charge

  1. Examine the terrain of what’s available in the world that will facilitate teaching and learning.
  2. Identify strategies and tools that are in existence or that we should develop that could facilitate enable using the touchstones of the Strategic Planning Committee of quality, access and affordability?
  3. Propose solutions and a pathway for pilot, implementation and support of innovative practices and technologies.

Committee information

Committee membership and meeting minutes can be found on the Teaching Innovations Committee Canvas site.

Pilots and Projects

UF Faculty are invited to fill out the Ideas for Teaching Innovations Committee survey in order to:

  • Suggest teaching challenges with potential for innovative solutions.
  • Volunteer to participate in a pilot (see current pilots list below).
  • Share an innovative tool or practice currently being used that might be helpful to other instructors.
  • Participate in developing or adapting a tool or practice to better meet the needs of UF faculty and students.

Current Pilots:

  • Development and testing of UF’s Learning Analytics Dashboard (LeAD).
    • Participants commit to looking at student data from a course they are currently teaching and providing feedback for improvement and usability.
    • Testing group meets monthly.
  • Delivery of course material through the Engage eTextbook platform.
    • Participants use the interactive eText within their Canvas course site.
  • Delivery of instructor authored or open access content through UF’s Pressbooks platform
  • Ximera/Xronos
    • Open source homework integrated with eText.
    • Gives instructors the ability to create homework problems using LaTeX.
    • Currently being used by the Mathematics Department to teach Calculus, PreCalculus and College Algebra.
  • Realizit Pilot
    • Adaptive learning platform is being used to develop UF Online Biology courses.

Fill out this short Qualtrics form to indicate your interest in participating in a pilot.


Innovative Practices at UF

Request more information about any of these practices or share your own innovations by filling out a short Qualtrics form.

Practice/Tool Use College/Department
“Flipped” advising Helps with the administrative tasks students do with their advisory Center for Instructional Technology & Training
360 degree embedded video Education (ETC)
Adaptive practice cases Storyline used to create case studies Pharmacy
Aperio system for pathology Used in-class as well as case reports for collaborators Veterinary Medicine
Augmented Reality Working to develop an AR app that would have a Canvas LTI Education (ETC)
Build your home studio Students use equipment and things they already have Arts
Capsim simulations Looking to show developing mastery over the semesters to culminate in a more complex kind of simulation-based work Business
Collaborative two-stage testing Hear David Julian explain how he does in his podcast HHP, CLAS
Design groups with remote members Provides world-wide work with design mentors Engineering
ePortfolios Uses analytics to determine project reach Health & Human Performance
iOLab for data collection Create online Physics experiments Physics
iPad App – Class dojo Used in teams to help keep students on task in the classroom for large enrollment courses Public Health & Health Professions
Labster simulations Innovative Online Labs Center for Online Innovation & Production
Online Internships Uses eChat, Spark, PowerPoint, O365 Health & Human Performance
Online iRAT for Team-Based Learning Allows online teams to complete the Individual Readiness Assurance Test (iRAT) Pharmacy
Perusal Allows students to comment on text content Education
ShadowHealth Provides student experience with health assessments Nursing
Video case studies Faculty play the roles of patients so students can come to class ready to solve problems Public Health & Health Professions
Videos to support library use UF Libraries created discipline specific videos UF Libraries/Engineering
Virtual coaching with video Uses live stream that is FERPA and HIPAA compliant Education (ETC)
Zoom for online studio classes Integrates online students into live classes. Breakout features is particularly useful Design, Construction & Planning