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School of Innovative Learning

Today’s graduates face a complex and challenging world of opportunity. With new technologies, shifting demographics, as well as political and economic realities, the School of Innovative Learning (SIL) offers innovative and interdisciplinary education that is flexible, adaptive, and practical. SIL offers professional programs in undergraduate and graduate coursework. By incorporating industry-relevant knowledge and a challenging liberal arts education, SIL establishes itself through exploration, discovery, and real-world application of knowledge.

Through a centralized curriculum, SIL provides intellectual and experiential diversity. By providing a flexible learning environment, we are reimagining traditional education. With courses lasting anywhere from 5-15 weeks, with in-person, online, and blended options, our programs fit into any schedule. Whether you’re starting college for the first time or completing your degree, the School of Innovative Learning has a place for you.

Academic Programs

The degree programs offered through the School of Innovative Learning are for students who are seeking success in an ever-changing professional landscape and want the skills and experience to stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s progressing in a career in healthcare or capitalizing on the fast-growing area of technology in education -- the School of Innovative Learning is ready to help you move forward in your career and your life.

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Education for Today's World

To remain competitive in the evolving world of digital education, SIL uses internal and external partners to launch new initiatives, projects, courses, and programs for our students. Through partnerships with DoaneX and the Open Learning Academy, our students reap the benefits of technical and online education advancements at affordable costs.

Open Learning Academy

Whether you are a student looking for medical school prerequisites, courses to help jumpstart a career change, or if you're looking for courses to complete a degree -- the Open Learning Academy has courses for you, recognizing our non-traditional students have unique needs. Doane University's Open Learning Academy (OLA) was created to help fill in the gaps among online higher education courses that were lacking in the marketplace. With courses that are offered fully online, students can study anywhere, anytime. With eight-week terms that are offered five times throughout the year, OLA offers flexibility for any schedule. OLA students are able to effortlessly transfer credits to other universities thanks to our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Open Learning Academy Website


Doane University is in partnership with edX, an online education platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that offers courses from over 130 institutions and organizations around the world. EdX is an open-space platform focused on transforming learning through new methodologies, interactive experiences, and innovative research. Doane University utilizes this platform to ensure our exceptional education experience is available on a global scale. As the only university in Nebraska to partner with edX, Doane is an innovative leader in higher education for our state. Through DoaneX, there are programs and courses available to match both national and global interests.

DoaneX Website

Professional Development

Doane University offers flexible, professional development courses through online learning, workshops, seminars, and ground courses. No matter the industry, your career will benefit from our professional development courses. We have developed these courses for professionals who want to expand their skillsets and remain competitive in growing areas of their industry. You will be able to master marketable skills that will strengthen your professional profile and enhance your portfolio. Corporations can leverage the expertise of our educators, who are also industry professionals. We offer group discounts and will create custom course content based on your team's specific learning goals. You are welcome to join for a single course or a certification program. We also offer the option to customize a degree program, where your employees can use your tuition reimbursement program.