Incubating New Ideas to Solve the Innovation Paradox

Every university faces what authors Brosnan, Udas, and Wade call the “innovation paradox: the need to be flexible and agile while also assuring a stable and reliable core.” In their Educause Review article, “Technology Demonstrator Projects: Advancing a Culture of Innovation,” they summarize a challenge faced in every higher education institution: How do time-strapped faculty develop new demonstration projects that can advance innovation in large organizations with many risk management constraints? At the University of Southern Queensland, they developed an initiative that allowed faculty to work outside the usual business models to explore innovative technology-enabled learning and teaching ideas. Here at Boston University, the Digital Education Incubator (DEI) likewise seeks to create the agile ability to experiment with new ideas on a department or college-level. To explore an idea, please contact us at dei@bu.edu. 

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