True Higher Ed Innovation vs. Innovation Theater

How can we make sure we’re truly innovating at our institutions vs.playing “innovation theater”?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a recent Harvard Business Review article provides us with some red flag signs to avoid when pursuing innovation at our institutions.

One of the most common? Lots of new activities with very few operational changes. Beware of hackathons, workshops, and innovation projects that don’t address or effect the institution’s mission or operations. A telltale sign that you’re playing innovation theater vs. actually building something that will last.

The takeaway? Our sector is making massive improvements in learning innovation with amazing new understandings of how students learn. Let’s not get caught up in the theater of talking about innovation. Let’s reposition our very operations around the change we’re looking to drive.

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.