Exploring and advancing digital education for Indiana University

Next.IU investigates the tools and approaches that extend the capabilities of Canvas and support diverse learning environments. It is also a platform for digital learning options powered by Unizin.

Explore, communicate, connect, and inspire with Next.IU

Participating faculty are currently piloting student response systems, proctoring tools, and web collaboration tools in their courses. In-progress pilots include: 


Live proctoring with generated reports


Live proctoring with authentication, record, and review

Reef Polling

Student engagement system optimized for mobile devices

Learning Catalytics

Response system for student engagement and assessment


Robust videoconferencing tool for classes and webinars

Discovering what’s next

As students evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way we engage, educate, and inspire them.

That’s where Next.IU comes in.

The pilot program goes beyond the latest trends to discover which technologies best serve IU’s needs for education—in the traditional classroom and flipped, hybrid, and fully-online learning environments.

Contact us if you’d like to participate in a pilot or suggest a tool for evaluation.

The history

Next.IU launched as a two-year pilot program to explore the next generation of learning technologies. The program evaluated three learning management systems (LMS)—Canvas by Instructure, Desire2Learn, and Blackboard. In 2014, the university selected Canvas as the successor to Oncourse.*

Next.IU now focuses on discovering tools that complement and extend the capabilities of Canvas. It will also serve as a platform for bringing Unizin products and services to the university community.

Recently adopted tools include:

* Oncourse will revert to "read only" access after summer 2016. It will no longer be available for active teaching.

Adopted tools

  • Echo360: Classroom and personal video capture
  • Kaltura: Cloud-based video management system
  • Piazza: Online problem-solving (Q&A) platform
  • Qualtrics: Cloud-based survey tool
  • VoiceThread: Online tool to enhance student engagement

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