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Interactive University Project

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The Interactive University Project was initiated in 1996 to use the Internet to open UC Berkeley's unique resources and people to California’s K-12 schools and citizens. IU's goal was to use technology to democratize the content and community of the campus.  The Interactive University web site and content were retired in 2015, and its content archived by Research IT.  Please contact if you have questions about the Interactive University Project.

IU's mission, goals, and highlights are quoted below.

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Our Mission

The Interactive University Project uses the Internet to open UC Berkeley’s resources and people to California’s K-12 schools and citizens. Our goal is to use technology for the improvement of teaching and learning while making accessible the knowledge in universities, museums and libraries.

What is the IU?

The Interactive University is a unique campus-wide initiative of UC Berkeley and K-12 community partnerships. Since 1996 the IU has:

  • Organized and implemented more than three dozen campus/K-12 Projects in three successive phases;
  • Provided grants and support to 40 Berkeley campus units;
  • Received $4.8 million in grants;
  • Established and sustained strong partnerships with Oakland and San Francisco Schools;
  • Developed a model for large-scale campus involvement with public and K-12;
  • Begun to implement a Scholar’s Box Tool for teacher and student use in gathering, creating, sharing and saving curriculum components.

Our Goals

  • Engage the academic core of the Berkeley Campus to add value to research, teaching and learning.
  • Partner with K-12 teachers and support improvement in student achievement.
  • Develop tools and environments in the Scholar's Box suite that enable university faculty, K-12 teachers, and all students and learners to gather, create and share digitized information.
  • Create content, web-based events, and projects that will scale and be replicable.
  • Learn from current campus and national partnerships to achieve our mission and support learning communities.

Statement from Director David Greenbaum

California's K-12 schools need support to improve student outcomes. The scope and challenge of meeting this need are daunting. In the San Fransicso Bay Area there are over 50,000 K-12 teachers and a million students. UC Berkeley has a diverse community of 40,000 faculty, students and staff, and houses growing repositories of digital content from all fields. But only a fraction of Berkeley's human and digital resources are easily available to UC faculty and K-12 teachers. The IU is working to make digital resources readily available to learners throughout California.

The Scholar's Box

For generations scholars and teachers have collected resources and filed them in a box—ready for use when needed. The IU is developing the Scholar's Box — an easy to use, interactive tool that enables the same process over the Internet. It will enable faculty, teachers, students, and the public to gather, create, and share — core activities in both scholarship and teaching — personal collections of digital materials made available from multiple sources and repositories. The Scholar’s Box will allow teachers and researchers to work the way they always have as they gather, organize and share materials and resources; and it adds many new options for the manipulation, creation and sharing of information currently available in the environment of desk-top and Internet computing.


In September 2003, the EDGE Project—Eastmont Digital Griots En-route—was honored by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl for exemplary service. IU participated as a partner developing this project that was recognized and honored for its work as one of eight UCB/Community collaborations to receive commendation.

In October 2001, IU received the 2001 Educause Award for Exemplary Practices in Information Technology Solutions.

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In September 2001, IU received a University/Community Partners Recognition award from the UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl.

The Interactive University Project's evaluation was chosen in Spring 2001 by TOP as an exemplary evaluation. At the TOP site you will find both the IU's own evaluation report, and an independant case study report, commissioned by TOP and conducted by WESTAT, a Rockville, Maryland, research and consulting firm.

In July 2000, the Interactive University Project was  selected as a "Best Practices" award winner by the San Francisco office of the US Department of Housing & Urban Development for its leadership role in "Oakland Connects", a conference to focus  on ways to bridge the digital divide in Oakland.