Does Innovation Stifle Academic Creativity?

Reported by EdSurge, when faculty hear about a new technological innovation sweeping  higher ed, many are concerned of it furthering the commoditization of higher education. That the more our accrediting bodies force identical learning outcomes, and the more we play in the same technologies and systems, the less creative our faculty are able to be.

Whereas critics of this mindset believe that the standardization of much in higher ed will specifically free up our faculty to be creative where it counts – in the classroom and with their teaching.

The takeaway? Even the word “innovation” carries many different meanings depending on the ear of the recipient. So how do we provide our institutions with clarity on what innovations we’re pursuing and why?


May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.