Exploring and advancing digital education

As students evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way we engage, educate, and inspire them. UITS Learning Technologies partners with faculty to discover which technologies best serve IU’s needs for education—in the traditional classroom and flipped, hybrid, and fully-online learning environments. 

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Here are the tools we're currently piloting. Select one to learn more or sign up for a pilot.

Our process

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Determine open-source and vendor-provided products for piloting

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Engage faculty about pilot participation; work with them to conduct pilots and assess outcomes

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Determine software options based on faculty and student feedback

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Make selections based on evaluation reports and input from learning technology strategy teams

Our current Next.IU pilots

Exam scanning and scoring


Akindi is a Canvas-integrated, exam scoring platform that allows faculty and instructors to upload student exam forms following an exam to any printer/scanner on the IU network. Prior to the exam, instructors can print exam forms with student identification pre-populated to expedite the testing process. Faculty have control over the exam scoring process which can lead to faster access to exam analytics, quick adjustment of exam keys, and planned release of grades through Canvas.

Sign up for the Akindi pilot

Communication and collaboration

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a platform with real-time collaboration, one-on-one and group chat, and file sharing features. With a team, you can create channels to organize communication and collaboration around specific topics. Since Teams is a relatively new tool, we invite you to join a team to learn more about Teams’ use in classes and to provide feedback that we can relay to Microsoft and Instructure as they work on an integration between Teams and Canvas.

Join the MS Teams Faculty Feedback Group

Learning analytics

My Learning Analytics (MyLA)

My Learning Analytics (MyLA) is a student-facing dashboard tool designed at the University of Michigan. Using data from our Student Information System (SIS), Canvas, and several integrated learning tools, the MyLA dashboard displays three views of the students’ own data, showing files accessed, assignment activity, and grade distribution. MyLA is designed to help students regulate their learning.

Sign up for the MyLA pilot

Ongoing evaluations

Competency-based education tools (CBE)

CBE tools such as Badgr will be made available to facilitate the delivery of micro-credentialing. These tools will aid the effort to streamline and facilitate non-credit-based offerings.

Learn more about the Badges@IU pilot

IU Online Virtual PC (vPC)

IU Online vPC leverages a robust Citrix cloud storage environment to provide a customized virtual desktop for online students. It allows students to use performance data applications such as R Studio, ArcGIS, Stata, and SPSS. IU Online vPC pairs the latest Citrix XenDesktop environment with performance-tuned, high-speed data servers within IU’s state-of-the-art data center.

Sign up for the pilot

Past pilots we've adopted

  • Kaltura: Cloud-based video management system
  • Piazza: Online problem-solving (Q&A) platform
  • Qualtrics: Cloud-based survey tool
  • Top Hat: Bring your own device student response system
  • VoiceThread: Online tool to enhance student engagement
  • Respondus LockDown Browser: Controlled testing environment
  • Zoom: Web collaboration tool
  • Examity: Online proctoring service
  • Quick Check: Embedded assessment