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December 8, 2023

How GenAI Could Accelerate Employee Learning and Development

Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation, Chris Dellarocas, discusses how the rise of generative AI offers transformative opportunities to revolutionize and personalize learning experiences and delves into some emerging uses of generative AI in learning and development, while also addressing challenges and providing guidance for leaders navigating this domain.

September 21, 2023

BU Today: Six Tips for Getting the Most Out of Blackboard Ally

In this article, Faculty Director of BU's Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative Megan Sullivan (CGS, Rhetoric) and DL&I Communications Manager Cindy Vincent discuss BU’s new online tool, Blackboard Ally, which makes course materials accessible to those with disabilities and different learning styles.

June 13, 2023

BU Today: Office Artifacts: Romy Ruukel

Step inside the office of Romy Ruukel, director of BU’s Shipley Center, and you’ll find all sorts of the fidget toys she displays to encourage people to stop by and say hello. Other decorations: handmade textiles, an ever-changing art collection, even an herb garden.

May 22, 2023

Learning Platforms: Navigating the Coming Revolution

Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation, Chris Dellarocas, addresses how learning platforms differ from traditional OPMs and the challenges and opportunities they present to established degree-granting educational institutions in his speaking engagement at the Digital Universities US conference.

April 5, 2023 BU Department Unanimously Adopts New AI Policy

In this article, Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation, Chris Dellarocas, provides his perspective on university-wide AI policies.

December 21, 2022

Harvard Business Review: How Higher Ed Can Contend with Learning Platforms

Universities are presented with new opportunities but also mounting threats from learning platforms — online marketplaces that connect learners with courses and programs from multiple providers. In this article, Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation, Chris Dellarocas, explores the emerging landscape and offers strategies that learning institutions can employ.

September 28, 2022

My internship at BU’s Office of Digital Learning & Innovation

In CFA’s Student Internship Series, music, theatre, and visual arts students at BU share their internship experiences. Asjha Malcom'23 shares her experiences working with BU Digital Learning & Innovation and her design contribution to building the Shipley Center's visual brand.

August 22, 2022

EdTech Magazine: Digital Learning Offices Help Faculty Thrive in Hybrid Environments

Romy Ruukel, director of the Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation, discusses the Center's mission: "to help BU remain relevant in the quickly changing technology landscape of teaching and learning, and to improve the residential student experience.”

June 17, 2022

AZoRobotics: Virtual Reality Can Be Adapted to Tackle Social Determinants of Health

Learn about the Boston University-supported Using VR to Address Social Determinants of Health pilot project.
  • De La Vega, B., et al. (2022) Virtual Reality Simulated Learning Environments: A Strategy To Teach Interprofessional Students About Social Determinants Of Health. Academic Medicine.

May 18, 2022

2U: 2U and edX University Advisory Councils

Boston University’s Provost Jean Morrison and Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation Chris Dellarocas make the list of 2U and edX University Advisory Councils dedicated to the implementation and advancement of online learning in higher education.

May 12, 2022

BU Today: 2022 Faculty Forum Will Be Held in Person Monday

Learn about BU Digital Learning & Innovation's Faculty Forum 2022 in-person conference hosted in partnership with the Center for Teaching & Learning, Shipley Center, and Educational Technology.

May 11, 2022

BU Today: POV: It’s Time to Upgrade to Ungrading

Boston University faculty and staff advocate for a shift away from the traditional grading system in higher education in favor of new strategies that place an emphasis on inclusive pedagogy.

May 3, 2022

BU Today: Exit the King, and Enter Random Actor

Boston University’s Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation collaborates with Boston University’s College of Fine Arts to enhance the The Random Actor project, joining the arts and technology in a innovation collaboration.

April 12, 2022

BU Today: A Celebration of the Best Student Employees on Campus

Read about Digital Learning & Innovation and IS&T intern Charles McGinn who received the BU Student Employee of the Year Award.

March 10, 2022

Boston Business Journal: Four Ways Higher Ed has Changed After the Pandemic

Boston University’s Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation Chris Dellarocas, shares his perspective on the use of technology in higher education and the overall appetite for online learning.

March 9, 2022

Campus Technology: Building a Culture of Innovation

Boston University’s Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation Chris Dellarocas discusses transforming institutional culture by building innovation into the culture of a university.

December 16, 2021

Spaces4Learning: Boston University to Debut Digital Learning, Innovation Center

Boston University plans to open the new Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation in early 2022 that will support innovations in digital learning through the creative application of digital technologies in the classroom and beyond.

November 22, 2021

Campus Technology: New Boston University Innovation Center to Transform Digital Learning

As part of the university's Office of Digital Learning & Innovation, the new Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation aims to reimagine the residential learning experience.

November 19, 2021

Boston Business Journal: $8M Gift will Expand Digital Learning at BU

An $8 million gift from a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, Richard Shipley, will enable BU to open a new digital learning center for faculty.

November 1, 2021

BU Today: $8 Million Gift from Richard Shipley Will Expand Technology’s Role in Residential Education

A generous $8 million gift from Boston University alumnus Richard Shipley will help to fund the Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation in supporting faculty working to create digital content for their in-person courses.

May 10, 2021

BU Today: Digital Learning & Innovation Virtual Faculty Forum to Explore Innovations in Teaching and Technology at BU

While Boston University looks ahead to a school year with the return of in-person teaching and learning, the Digital Learning & Innovation Faculty Forum 2021 virtual symposium is taking a moment to pause and celebrate all that that faculty and staff have accomplished over the course of the pandemic with Learn from Anywhere (LfA), the hybrid format used throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

May 5, 2021

Listen Notes: E62: BU Digital Education Incubator - Cultivating Tomorrow's Breakthrough

Boston University’s Director of Digital Initiatives Romy Ruukel and Digital Learning & Innovation’s Communications Manager Maureen McCarthy meet with podcast moderator Dr. Karen Jacobs, Associate Dean of Digital Learning & Innovation, to discuss BU’s Digital Education Incubator.


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