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Centre for Academic Innovation

The Centre for Academic Innovation (CAI) is DMU's hub for developments in pedagogic praxis and associated practical research. It sits within the PVC Academic’s office, and supports and disseminates teaching and learning good practice across the university. CAI envisions itself as a world-leading centre of pedagogic and academic innovation and excellence with a focus on enhancing and disrupting the learning and teaching experience within DMU and beyond.

CAI is the home for existing and developing educational initiatives such as Universal Design for Learning and provides a base for DMU Teacher Fellows and Advance HE National Teaching Fellows. CAI operates both as a physical and virtual space.

CAI promotes academic innovation projects and provides information, advice, and guidance for this and other forms of pedagogical support. CAI explores, supports and facilitates best and next practice in the transformation of assessment, learning and curriculum development. It encourages and facilitates enhancement, engagement, and transformational thinking and activities within the teaching and learning experience, supporting pedagogic innovation and providing leadership. 

Director, Centre for Academic Innovation: Dr Momodou Sallah

Twitter: @dmucai1

Education leadership

Working with individuals, programmes, departments, schools, faculties and external bodies, we will work to address challenges in learning and teaching, and identify innovative pedagogic solutions. We will develop and design effective interventions to improve our pedagogic delivery.

Student Action Committee

This group of 8-12 students works with CAI to provide a forum for students’ views in relation to learning and teaching concerns of students as well as develop solutions. The format is a participatory approach to the co-production of knowledge with students positioned as both students and teachers in a dialogical process.

UDL pedagogy, assessment and feedback

In supporting DMU’s teaching and learning strategy, CAI is the new home of UDL and will be supporting its embedding as well as its dissemination. It will work with relevant parties across the university to support the different components of UDL.

CAI Fellowship

CAI works with staff across DMU and beyond to initiate and support fellowships that facilitate the freedom of staff to explore pedagogy more critically and in a deeper way to develop tools in response.

Research-informed teaching

CAI places research-informed teaching and teaching-informed research at the heart of what it does by supporting individuals and subject groups to recognise the symbiotic relationship between teaching and research and to develop programmes that enhance teaching and learning across DMU and beyond. CAI curates a learning space which is designed to be flexible, open and engaging; encouraging staff to share and disseminate their practice and explore new methods and opportunities.

CAI Advisory Board

This is a group of recognised and responsible experts with a key stake in teaching and learning in DMU and beyond who act as critical friends of CAI. The board meets regularly to critique and support the work of CAI.

Home of TFs/NTFs

CAI is working to set up a TF/NTF community of practice, headed by an elected community of DMU TFs and NTFs. This community of practice will initiate and support pedagogy across DMU and beyond through mentoring, seminars, observations, roadshows and also through other responsive means.

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