Boston University to launch digital learning and innovation center
Boston universityS new digital learning center will focus on ‘the creative application of digital technologies in education’. The Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation, scheduled to open in early 2022, aims to reinvent the residential learning experience through three main axes:
- Work with faculty to create digital course content;
- Fund campus initiatives that create digital content for students in residence; and
- Support innovations in digital learning and experiments in the application of new learning technologies.
As part of the university Office of Digital Learning and Innovation, the center will provide support for instructional design, digital media production, educational technology consulting, project management, and faculty and department project funding. It will also work with the BU’s Teaching and Learning Center to “provide end-to-end advice and support to education transformation projects,” according to a press announcement.
“In the post-COVID era, the field of teaching and learning is entering an exciting phase of continuous transformation,” commented Chris Dellarocas, vice-president of digital learning and innovation and Shipley Professor of Management at the BU Questrom School of Business, in a university press article. For BU, this transformation is holistic, covering all aspects of the student experience at university and beyond: “The key question is how to advance more inclusive and personalized learning, active student engagement, better support for learning communities, integration of learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, and a stronger emphasis on developing ‘soft’ skills in the classroom. test of time, ”he said. “The ultimate goal is to better prepare students for the ever-changing world of work. The creative application of digital technologies can enhance these very human and meaningful educational goals, which collectively serve as a compass in the evolution of residential learning. has drunk.”
Romy Ruukel, currently Director of the Digital Initiatives group in the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation, will be the Shipley Center’s first director. In addition to her work helping the development of the BU’s MOOC and Micromasters programs, Ruukel has also served as the director of the university’s digital education incubator, an initiative that funds and manages pilot projects involving teaching. and learning with technology.
“I am thrilled with this opportunity to lead a digital innovation effort at Boston University and to collaborate with my colleagues to advance key transformative initiatives as part of the BU 2030 strategic plan to reinvent residential learning. on our vibrant campus, ”she said.