Toolkit Tuesday: Innovation in higher education is like…
- Posted by Chris Flanagan
- On January 25, 2016
One of our favorite exercises to use in model design workshops is to ask participants to frame a given context as a metaphor. It’s a surprisingly simple and effective activity because the humble metaphor can be a powerful catalyst for generating new thinking or reveal commonly accepted conventions and beliefs. It can quickly create a shared understanding and provide common ground for framing a challenge.
Don’t take my word for it though.
Here’s a book of metaphors we created to consider how states might fund innovation in higher education that results in improved student experiences and outcomes. We asked a group of institutional, policy and thought leaders to complete the following: “Innovation in higher education is like…”
What follows is a vivid set of images representing a host of assumptions and beliefs.
What influence on the innovation process might result from these beliefs? What new opportunities might emerge from challenging them? We’d love to hear from you. Or, feel free to add a metaphor of your own.