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COVID-19 UPDATE: NU is open. Faculty/staff are working in-person and campuses are open for in-person learning this fall.


NU Innovation Hub

making a difference. together.

Innovation Hub Overview

The University of Nebraska Innovation Hub aims to help our partners — students, faculty and staff across the NU community — design and deliver transformative experiences that enhance teaching, learning, research and the student experience via technology. Additionally, the Hub provides a vehicle by which members of the NU community can view the portfolio of pilots and innovative initiatives we are championing, as well as offering a streamlined process for additional partners to take part in a current project.

If you have any questions about the Innovation Hub, please contact Bret Blackman, NU Vice President for IT and CIO at, or Jaci Lindburg, PhD, NU Associate Vice President for Digital Education & IT Strategy at

Request for Proposals

The Hub is seeking proposals that are strategic, impactful at multiple NU campuses, and forward-facing to create a noticeable, positive impact for students, faculty and staff. This effort — now in its third cycle — was launched in 2019 as the NU ITS Big Ideas program and is now a collaborative effort with NU ITS and the NU Office of Digital Education.

The call for proposals closed on October 15, 2021. Proposals are currently being reviewed by a system-wide committee. Finalists will be notified and asked to present a brief overview of their idea to the review team in November/December 2021.

Prior Innovation Hub Projects

Student Affordability

By formalizing an ITS program centered around student affordability and inclusive access for all, we can partner with our campuses to decrease course material costs to students, improve efficiencies for instructors, and provide a more inclusive learning environment for our students.

Learn more about Open Nebraska

Digital Backpacks/Briefcase

Connecting students, faculty and staff to ITS services so they can learn, teach and work from wherever they are.  

Digital Accessibility

A key contribution to access, affordability, accountability, diversity, and inclusion, ITS aims to create environments where everyone, everywhere can access information.

Learn more about IT Accessibility

Measures of Success

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Cost Savings

Students have saved more than $6 million by leveraging digital course materials

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Cross-campus collaboration through the
Virtual IT Accessibility Lab

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Staff Participation

More than 65 ideas were submitted by ITS staff during our first two years of the Big Ideas


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