Innovation and Creativity: What Are They and Can They Be Taught?

Featured speaker Dr. Tina Seelig, professor of the practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program shares insights she's gained from years of teaching creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Sara Hendren, assistant professor of Design at Olin College addresses the President's Council on Friday evening about her work which is focused on adaptive and assistive technologies and inclusive design.

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Innovation and Creativity: What Are They and Can They Be Taught?

Innovation and creativity are nearly always mentioned today as key to the future. However, there are so many conflicting definitions and uses of these words that many conversations about this topic often result in confusion and conflict. After establishing definitions and a brief review of reasons why these topics are especially important today, a framework for understanding the call for substantial change in higher education to address the growing need for creativity and innovation is presented.



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As we have discussed, the Olin approach undoubtedly usually results in a transformative "aha" experience as students become aware they CAN come up with solutions and approaches, as well as the "aha" insights into how many parts of basic physics apply, etc. And by pairing the solution of "making something" with the need to consider the viability/economics of the solution, the student gains the sort of insights that lead to entreprenurial solutions and approaches. -- Source: Mr. Joe Smith