Professors have already been asking about MOOCs, Day-Peroots said, as they've seen other universities across the country experiment with them.
And they're becoming curious about a slew of other new technology fads in higher education too, like flipped classrooms, where students watch a video of a lecture at home and then convene in the classroom to do an interactive lesson.
Up until now, Day-Peroots said, faculty members haven't had anywhere to go with those kinds of questions. That's where the new division of Academic Innovation will come in.
"Now there will be somewhere they can come with those questions," Day-Peroots said. "It's really pulling together all these strings from other parts of the university."
There will be about 60 people working in the department - many of them students "because they bring a fresh perspective."
They'll begin by working on updating the technology in WVU's classrooms over the summer and rebuilding some of the software the university uses regularly. After that, the picture is murkier.
"This world is moving rapidly, isn't it?" Day-Peroots said. "I think that's the greatest thing about where we are and what we're doing . . . because we should constantly be evolving and changing and as things become the norm accepting them."
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