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Innovative Colleges - Ideas Worth Borrowing

Innovation in higher education is not new; let's look at examples of schools that have broken the mold and ask what we can learn from them.

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In my "Design Thinking in (for) Higher Education" course this semester at Mills College we spent a little time familiarizing ourselves with existing examples of innovation in higher education.  Here are a few of the things students reported on:

This is just a brief list - there are more out there - but a good reminder to look at some the interesting things people have been doing for a while.

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Former computer/math/physics type turned social scientist. Have written about communities of organizations and inter-organizational collaboration, the sociology of time, and the sociology of information and notification. Of late, interested in innovation education. I teach in sociology, public policy, and the business school at Mills College in Oakland where I also direct the InnnovationLab@Mills. Outside of work I build things out of wood, metal, and bits.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

What innovative practices are already out there waiting to be adapted, repurposed, or disseminated and diffused? Can we build a database of awesomely innovative educational practices along the lines of the "methods" database human centered design folks have put together?

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Thank you Dan for the resources. Really helpful. I agree, we should look out for already innovative approaches, and see if some can be merged. Do you have a favorite from the list?

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