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Course Number: 95-859

Innovation & Technology

Units: 6

This course explores the fundamentals of creative thinking and the development and application of innovative solutions to problems, as well as how innovative ideas create opportunities in a competitive marketplace.

The course focuses on:
> self-assessments of how each of us view innovation, and what our role in the innovation process is;
> the innovation "skill set" that everyone needs;
> how we think and make decisions, and how we can be more creative at both;
> innovation leadership, applied to the self, others, and the team;
> culture and innovation, and how to realize and use different backgrounds and approaches;
> communicating innovation: getting others "on board;"
> the metrics of innovation: because just because it's innovative doesn't mean that it's good.

Course Outcomes:
> Students will understand the difference between innovation and mere improvement;
> Students will understand how to think creatively, with tools and techniques that they will be able to apply throughout their careers;
> Students will be introduced to how the innovation process is viewed differently from culture to culture;
> Students will learn to apply "everyday innovation" as a way of looking at things ontologically.

Chris Labash