It's time for academic innovation to go mainstream

More colleges are aspiring to bring the spirit of research and design to how they teach — and how they serve students — to make higher education more effective and available to a wider diversity of students. Professors, instructional designers and entrepreneurs are leading this change on several fronts:

  • Innovative classroom teachers are employing novel strategies and practices.
  • Institutions are designing more meaningful and relevant degree programs and credentials.
  • New tools are ushering in a “Golden Age” of teaching and learning.

ISTE and EdSurge support such efforts with a growing slate of services to inform and connect higher education leaders and innovators.


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EdSurge, an independent media outlet of ISTE, provides news, analysis and opinion dedicated to innovation in higher ed. Subscribe to EdSurge’s weekly higher ed newsletter and podcast and dive deep into research with guides on trending higher ed topics like this ongoing series on learning engineering.



ISTE LOOP brings the future of networking to instructional designers and leaders in higher education. LOOP matches higher ed professionals with peers at a different institution for a 30-minute informal discussion on challenges, and opportunities.

ISTE is a leading publisher of edtech books and two research journals covering topics such as digital citizenship, inclusive learning and computational thinking. Professors are increasingly assigning these timely, evidence-based texts in their education courses.

ISTE recognizes teacher prep programs that demonstrate the value of collaboratively designing learning with technology and align their programs with the ISTE Standards. Learn more about the ISTE Teacher Preparation Recognition Program.


Learn more from these from articles, blog posts and standards


ISTE Standards: Education

This framework for innovation in education can guide faculty to use technology effectively for teaching and learning.


Article: How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes To Speed Up Education

Some learning engineers believe new teaching approaches can help students reach mastery of complex subject matter 10 times faster.


Article: After the Pandemic, Higher Education Can’t Afford to Go Back to ‘Normal’

COVID-19 has caused colleges to rethink their persistence and retention strategies, as well as their approaches to teaching and learning.


Article: This Professor Known for Viral Videos Is Actually Camera Shy. Here’s How He Overcame It.

In this podcast, Micheal Wesch describes how he became a YouTube sensation despite his reluctance to be on camera.


Blog: How States Can Reimagine Teacher Preparation To Ensure Edtech Skills

Doug Casey, executive director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology (CCET), describes the importance of thoughtful investments into educator preparation and shares his advice for other state leaders.