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.



Educator preparation programs (EPPs) can embrace the once-in-a-generation moment arising from the global pandemic by adopting ISTE’s vision for digital equity and transformation. Learn more about how we’re supporting EPPs, then sign the pledge to show your program’s support.

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.

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.


Learn More From These Articles, Blog Posts and Programs


ISTE Standards: Educators

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


ISTE Certification: Deepen Your Digital Expertise So You Can Guide Others

Expand your edtech expertise so you can model effective digital instruction and prepare future teachers for success.


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.