Technology can play an important role in ensuring your online courses meet your learning objectives. Engage and motivate your learners using innovative practices supported by education technology software, extended reality (XR), and more.

Technology for Student Success

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) offers faculty a suite of educational technology tools and platforms that helps meet common pedagogical goals and promote student success.

If you are ready to take the next step in your online teaching, consider incorporating a CAI technology tool into your class. They are free for U-M faculty and students, and most can be directly integrated into Canvas.

XR for Online Teaching

Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term to describe augmented, virtual, and mixed reality and virtual production technologies. CAI’s extended reality and media design teams partner with U-M faculty to create XR environments and projects for their online and hybrid courses.

If your online course learning objectives lead you to spaces that would be hard, unwise, or too costly to visit in real life, then consider discussing a project with the CAI team.


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Extended Reality and Accessibility

Digital accessibility considerations should be at the forefront of design choices in XR to ensure all learners can participate in learning. Learn more about accessibility in XR.