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Within the first hour of my first day as a University Innovation Fellow, I met with my direct supervisor, Luke Tate, and the leader of the UI Office, Jacqueline Smith. I was handed a paper with my initial assignments and explained that these would be ongoing projects. What I didn’t know was that these projects would take months of research, dozens of meetings, and countless reports -- just to scratch the surface.
My first two assignments were:
At Arizona State University, you will be hard-pressed to find a group or department discussing education without simultaneously discussing scale. If we are reaching one hundred learners with a product or course offering, can we reach 200? What about 500? At EdPlus, the division which houses Education for Humanity, scale is deeply embedded in our DNA.
ASU University Innovation(UI) Fellows are early- and mid-career leaders from policy, STEM, education and other diverse backgrounds who have been recruited to help develop, incubate, and launch various university initiatives that continue the advancement of ASU as a New American University. Fellows Forum is a vital opportunity for UI Fellows and other select members of the President’s Office to converse and network with units across all sectors of the institution.
‘Tis the season for lists! It is the time of year when we log what we have done, what we need to do, what we have, and what we want. We at ASU are proud to top the 2015 U.S. News list of Most Innovative Schools. The joy of our achievements further inspires us to continue our mission: advancing quality, accessibility, and impact in higher education.
During the final days of 2012, I had the pleasure of reviewing applications to the ASU Innovation Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition for undergraduate and graduate students. As the competition’s name suggests, judges evaluate each application’s innovativeness. Throughout the judging process, I wondered whether we all have a common, identical definition of what is innovative. As an Innovation Fellow, I have gained valuable insight on the meaning of innovation.
In a perfect world a classroom setting would not be a barrier to education. Unfortunately that is not the world we live.
In a time where things are changing rapidly and technology is running full force, we are in a place where the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship will dictate our future and quality of life. Across the world, innovation and entrepreneurship centers are sprouting up, serving as the seeds to our future. As a continuation of the i6 Challenge innovation calls, Dr.