DIY has announced a new project in collaboration with The Open University to develop an online learning programm in innovation, based on the DIY Toolkit. The project is supported with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.
More information here.
In spring 2015, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. I am glad to see most of them are engineering schools! Review the list here.
The web changes everything: relationships, education, media and now innovation. “How can we think about innovation in a more digitally and socially connected world?” Mohanbir Sawhney reveals the three biggest changes that are affecting the way we innovate. Watch the 2.5 min video here.
MIT authors warn government is spending ever-smaller share of budget on basic research. “Though the U.S. leads the world in total R&D outlays, Europe and Asia have been raising their government investment. The Battelle Memorial Institute, a basic-research lab, and R&D Magazine estimated in 2013 that China would spend more than $600 billion annually on R&D by the early 2020s, making it the world’s biggest such investor. The same report estimated that U.S. R&D spending would total $465 billion, or 2.8% of gross domestic product, in 2014. For China, spending was pegged at $284 billion, or 2% of GDP.”
“Being an innovation leader doesn’t arise from (just) having a national industrial policy. Government does play a catalytic role in funding basic research, but the country (referring to the US) also provides a flexible labor market and skilled workforce, unobtrusive business regulation, strong property rights, efficient capital markets and a large domestic market with many early adopter consumers.”
People, well trained people, are THE fundamental rock for innovation for economic and social well being. Read the full Wall Street Journal article
Making classes more interactive and fun… And teaching teachers how to teach. What would take for all of higher education to do this? Read UC Davis’s approach in this NY Times article here. At UPRM we’ve been doing this for years – no wonder so many companies come to recruit our graduates.
From min robots to nanotomors to self healing plastics to cheap cancer tests. Engineering is an awesome profession to help society! Click here or the image to see them all (from Product Design & Development)
This The Economist article describes efforts by Chinese government and universities to recruit and retain top notched nationals and foreigners into their talent pool as well as develop incentives and infrastructure (like this building at Tsinghua University). For economic development simple and straightforward. Impressive how this country identifies key challenges and addresses them.
Together with a group of colleagues/experts, I in some way have been contributing to this transformation the last 4 years through workshops and seminars on engineering curriculum innovation at Tsinghua University with deans, rectors and faculty from over 100 colleges of engineering. For more information on what we do, please go to www.innovahied.com or drop me an email (email@example.com)
This CHE article discusses how resources (money, time, others) and leadership support encourage change in the classroom through examples at Harvard and U of Michigan. Sharing of results and changing the incentive structure to recognize and reward teaching are also a must.
The same thing happened at the University of Puerto Rico system some years ago, when I led the Curriculum Innovation Center that provided small grants to SMET faculty to explore and document their innovations in the classroom.
It is with lots of excitement and enthusiasm that I share these news with all of you! After a long career in academia and industry, and in partnership with IIDEA@IFEES and LASPAU@HarvardUniversity, I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to help institutions walk the path of continuous innovation through InnovaHiEd.
Who We Are – a group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving higher education, especially, engineering education, many of whom are world known educators with prestigious awards and recognitions. They have transformed themselves, their institutions and higher education – and are making themselves available to help others through similar transformations.
What We Do – Our world-class award winning team can help your institution 1) assess your needs, 2) together with you, help develop your plans to address those needs, and 3) accompany you through your implementation phases, through:
We offer Mentoring & Consulting in Engineering Education Strategic Areas, including
Helping catalyze innovation in higher education