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Looking for education innovation

Posted on | September 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

There is a lot of noise out there today and too much of it revolves around innovation that is not innovation at all.

Mark Hurst of Good Experience spends a lot of time looking at the experience we have in a retail and even education environment and has tapped into 3 examples of innovation on the cutting edge.

• Sal Khan runs the world’s biggest school, and it’s completely free. The Khan Academyis a collection of 1,600 instructional videos, all posted on YouTube, all designed, illustrated, and narrated by Sal himself. Anyone with an Internet connection can learn math – from “one plus one” all the way through advanced calculus – or various topics within biology, history, and finance – just from watching Sal’s videos.

• The Gregory Brothers are creating hit music in a brand new way, by auto-tuning popular news clips they find on YouTube. Their Auto Tune The News project recently spawned two songs that made it onto the pop charts – Double Rainbow and Bed Intruder.

• Louise Sacco helps run a Boston museum spotlighting “bad art” – called, yes, theMuseum Of Bad Art. Sacco and her fellow curators pursue a mission of “bringing the worst of art to the widest of audiences.”

Only very few people have the stomach for innovation, the speed, time and risk involved seem to weed out the leaders from the followers.

What we need in our University environment today are pockets of encouraged education innovation where those who have the stomach for it can cut lose and make things happen, or not.


One Response to “Looking for education innovation”

  1. Prof K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao
    September 10th, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    You identified rightly persons involved in innovation. Knol platform gave me some impetus to post large number of articles on management subjects as well as articles and lists to promote knol platform.I post my course plans and schedules on knol. I encourage all my students to post their assignments on knol. Two more of my colleagues at NITIE, Mumbai joined me in this initiative. We won the first prize for Innovation in Management Education in the evaluation organized by Association of Indian Management Schools. Now we recommend use of Knol to various faculty members. It is a unique open resource platform for faculty members serving multiple purposes.

    Thanking you for your post on innovation

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