The University of Michigan is a rich ecosystem of educational innovation, however not all initiatives have the opportunity to mature or are widely adopted. Digital enterprises too often lack the resources to fully grow from early innovation to widespread adoption. The Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) exists as both a response and solution to this challenge. DIG works with user communities to grow tools to maturity, and establishes a pathway to scale through collaboration across U-M’s digital ecosystem. With a team of developers and student fellows, DIG helps translate digital engagement tools from innovation to infrastructure.
The DIG Roadmap
The History of DIG
In 2015 the Personalizing at Scale project is funded through the Third Century Initiative Intensifying Student Learning grant. In the summer of of 2015 DIG hires a team of software developers to begin refining and growing ART 2.0, Student Explorer, and ECoach. This team of developers establishes the DIG Student Fellows Program to provide additional expertise with educational tool development around programming, user experience design and community of practice management. In the fall of 2015 students arrive back on campus and are able to benefit from the revamped tools in the DIG portfolio.
DIG is developing personalized educational technology that will have a massive positive impact on the U-M residential experience for both undergraduate and graduate students across campus. These tools will be used by U-M students, faculty, and staff and will provide unique pathways for success not previously possible at the University.
Long Term Goal
In 2020 DIG is helping the University scale and adopt a wide variety of educational software innovations from the University’s research community, working with their user communities to grow them to maturity, and establishing a pathway to scale through collaboration across U-M’s digital ecosystem. These innovations are improving learning outcomes for wide cross-section of University students, faculty and staff and have helped U-M lead the way in redefining residential education in the 21st Century.