The ACS e-Learning Special Interest Group meeting this evening in Canberra is on "Innovations in Teaching Innovation". Normally as the convener I would make notes on what the guest speaker says, but as I am the speaker, I have made some notes in advance.
Who are you to speak on Innovation?I was the Defence Project Manager for the DBQWindows Project, federally funded to develop a graphical user interface for Australian database software. I have evaluated applications for innovation grants for the Department of Industry, acted as a consultant for patent applications and provided advice on web design for the Beijing Olympics. I have has been a speaker and mentor for Innovation ACT, on the organising team for GovHack and GovCamp Canberra and a judge for Random Hacks of Kindness (Sydney).
What are you doing now?Currently I am tutoring "New Technology Alignment" for the Australian Computer Society Virtual College. The postgraduate students are from across Australia and the UK. Two students are also enrolled in Masters programs at Australian and UK universities.
Also I am a masters of Education student and have selected designing an on-line innovation course as my instructional design project.
What Innovation Courses Are There Already in Canberra?ANU:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation MGMT3027
- Innovation and Commercialisation MGMT7165
- Technology and Innovation Management and Strategy MGMT7106
- Engineering Innovation ENGN3230
- Techlauncher (new)
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation", with units such as “Managing Change and Innovation” (7776.3).
What other Innovation Programs Impressed You?The course which most impressed me was the UBC two semester interdisciplinary capstone project for business and engineering students (I visited UBC and discussed it with the staff in 2014).
What Could Be Improved?Current courses tend to be discussing enterprise innovation, not startups which interest young people. Also many of these cruses are conventional lecture and exam based, which does not suit an entrepreneurial approach. Some coruses are integrated with a innovation competition (simian to Innovation ACT), but this creates a rigid structure and requires a year of study.
What is Your Solution?A 12 week e-learning course to teach theory, with students undertaking practical group work in a competition, such as Innovation ACT.
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