Instructional Innovations

The Instructional Technology Innovation (ITI) subcommittee from the ITLC Educational Technology Committee, helps manage the process whereby members of the university community can request university support for software licensing and other IT innovations.

The Forest software platform is used to solicit ideas from the UIC community. Community members can submit ideas on the Forest software at any time. Other community members can upvote suggestions. New ideas are periodically reviewed by the ITI subcommittee.

See ideas or submit an idea here: (login required - UIC NetID and Password)

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Anyone with an UIC NetID and Password can login to UIC Forest software.

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Promotion of Ideas to Campaigns

The ITI Subcommittee will determine when an idea should be converted into a campaign. Campaigns are created within the Forest software system. The subcommittee will review all current ideas in the general channel at its monthly meeting and decide which ones to promote to campaigns. The criteria for promotion can be flexible, and may include community interest through upvotes, relevance to prior discussions at the full committee, and current capacity in the campaign system.

Pilot programs are an effective, low-cost way to test new ideas and move instructional technology forward.

Management of Campaigns

Campaigns are used for more in-depth discussion of the issues. The campaign seeks input from appropriately knowledgeable people to answer questions such as:

  • What software is available that delivers this functionality?
  • Of these, which are in use at UIC, by how many people, and at what cost?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each software?
  • What are the license terms?

The subcommittee will evaluate software options using a rubric which the subcommittee will create and make recommendations for university support.

Once a campaign is closed, the implementation process may include a pilot program. Current pilot programs are reported on this page. If you are interested in joining a pilot program, contact the CATE Instructional Design Team at

Recent Pilot Programs