Separating the Innovation from the Promises: Orienting the Innovate Conference for Critical Figuring
Workshop Session 2
The excitement and possibility of a conference like OLC Innovate can often turn to frustration once back at a home institution. Trying to share knowledge gained is difficult: the energy of the room is replaced with the tradition of your school, people who were not there for the shared experience and regulations which can seem counter to the ease with which we discuss academic innovation. How can the lessons of the conference best be applied when the conference is over?
This workshop will ground the innovation concept in an historical definition, understanding the term is both a practical mechanism as well as an inflation of hype. Through this critical perspective, we will reframe tacit assumptions about innovation in small groups, and use our lenses to then consider the meaning and making of innovation at our home institutions. What are the lessons you are looking to learn at this conference, what is your sense of why your institution is not 'doing this' now, and how can the conference provide you the scaffolding to build a bridge between the present and the prospective future? This session will provide a framework to utilize throughout the conference in bridging these gaps and having implementable takeaways upon returning home.