Academic & Instructional Innovation

The Academic and Instructional Innovation (A&II) Department discovers, creates, and implements effective academic technology and best practices to improve teaching and learning at SMU. We collaborate closely with the Departments of Academic Assessment, Institutional Research, Information Technology, and Media Services to support faculty in mastering the academic technology and digital media skills that today’s student learning experience demands.

We assist faculty in mastering educational theories and in applying teaching principles that leverage the tools of the digital age so that our students master not only health-science skills, but also other core competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

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