Instructional Technology Pilots at UArizona

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Pilots that drive innovation in teaching and learning

Our instructional technology pilot process is designed to find the best tools to meet the needs of our instructors. These focused pilots gather feedback and data that allow us to make informed decisions about adoption.

Get Involved

We would love to hear about instructional technologies that interest you. If you are using a tool in your course that could be useful for others, please consider requesting a pilot. To suggest a technology for evaluation, please complete the Pilot Request Form.

Pilot Process

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Request and Approval

  • Submit a pilot request.
  • The Technology and Innovation Team processes the request.
  • Student Advisory Board provides feedback on the learning tool's potential.
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Integration and Pilot

  • Negotiate a trial subscription.
  • Integrate piloted tool into the learning environment.
  • Guide pilot participants to use the tool regularly and effectively.
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Data Collection and Analysis

  • Evaluate the tool using a rubric on the functional, technical, and pedagogical aspects.
  • Collect and analyze the quantitative and qualitative user and institutional data.
  • UCATT creates a presentation and report of the data findings.
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  • Present pilot data to Student Advisory Board members to vote on broader adoption.
  • Final decision by Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning Initiatives and Online Education.

Technology Pilot Consultation

If you would like to meet with an instructional technologist to discuss your pilot needs or previously piloted technology, please contact Samantha Maxwell to schedule a consultation.

2023-2024 Pilots

FeedbackFruits is designed to promote interactive and constructive peer review among students. Whether you use this tool for peer reviews, group member evaluations, interactive documents, or online quizzes, FeedbackFruits provides streamlined activities to enhance feedback, learner-content interaction, and classroom participation. 

Join us this Fall, as we focus on their feedback and peer review tools to promote student engagement and interaction. If you would like to test out FeedbackFruits in your own course this semester, you can request that it be turned on in your D2L shell(s) or reach out to Samantha Maxwell directly at

Cerego uses principles from neuro- and cognitive science to build adaptive learning objects for students. Cerego uses distributed practice as the basis of user memory retention; once the content is built, it does the work for you. This pilot is a collaborative effort between UCATT and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

2022-2023 Pilots

OpenClass is focused on student mastery of content and skills through review assignments. This tool is built upon the idea of spaced repetition in that learners continue to take the review activity until they earn the desired mastery level indicated by the instructor for that particular assignment. OpenClass also allows for quiz types of assignments to be created on their platform that allow students to retake quizzes until the learners hit a mastery level.

2021-2022 Pilots

Pressbooks is software that facilitates the creation of open educational resources. Users are able to create textbooks and course materials, remix the creations of other users, and add interactive elements like videos and quizzes. This pilot is a collaborative effort between Digital Learning and the University Libraries.

GoReact is an interactive, cloud-based platform for feedback, grading, and critiquing student video assignments. It allows instructors to give time-stamped feedback on student videos, grade student video submissions using rubrics, and view reports on student progress. This pilot is a collaborative effort between Digital Learning and the College of Education.

Perusall is a tool that encourages social reading, collaborative annotation, and discussion within a class reading.  Perusall is integrated within D2L, offers machine grading based on student engagement, and a robust set of analytical tools.  Our pilot is focused on applications of social annotation in various disciplines, best practices, and student perceptions.