Academic Innovation Research is a catalyst for teaching and learning research conducted by Embry-Riddle faculty and professional staff. Academic Innovation Research’s vision is to advance digital learning through research, practical implementation of tools and collaboration through different innovation committees.

Academic Innovation Research Unit (AIR)

The Academic Innovation Research Unit (AIR) responds to and forecasts the needs and challenges of digital learning through conducting original research and development; fostering strategic collaborations; and creating evidence-based resources and tools that contribute to effective online teaching, learning and program administration.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation (DX) is the strategic renovation of how educational organizations or institutions shift culturally, technologically and, eventually, the faculty and staff towards a new focus in the digital learning environment. This evolution started in the late 1990s and early 2000s when online learning was born and in its infancy. Like children, who grow and change to their environment over time, universities and higher education institutions also need to grow and change in this new academic environment.

The Academic Innovation Research Unit will be the facilitator that will probe with critical, challenging questions that need to be asked. It will also help guide and provide assistance in reaching the answers to these critical questions. The AIR is a catalyst for teaching and learning research conducted not only by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide faculty but also by units like Academic Technology, Instructional Design and Development, and the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

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