Teaching and Learning for Ideation: What Is It and How Do I Start?

How do different groups create or develop ideas? What makes an idea ‘good’ anyway? Is it possible that anyone can become a recognized inventor such as Elon Musk and can the process of ideation be taught? Should that be the goal anyway? If we can teach the process of ideation, can the environment be structured to nurture and assess learning without killing it?

This practical and engaging workshop will tackle questions such as these in an experiential manner by examining ideation - the process of coming up with ideas - as a key innovation literacy, reviewing the ideation process and provide you with tools you might use (or adapt) to facilitate them in your own context. We will also evaluate ideation from a fundamental and cross-disciplinary perspective and develop strategies to foster ideation and apply them through practice. There will be opportunities to compare contexts and have some thoughtful discussion while having fun throughout the process.

At the end of this workshop, participants will: 

  1. have a possibly new perspective on what ideation means, no matter their discipline; 
  2. be able to put to work some fundamental tools for building learning environments that foster better ideas among learners; and 
  3. know where to look for next steps and more tools and approaches on ideation.

Dr. Alex Bruton is a professor in the Schulich School of Engineering. He’s been fortunate to speak and lead workshops around the world, including a TEDx talk on Innovation Literacy and an invited talk at Google, and he's been recognized as Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year in Canada. Through his workshops, he aims – simply – to foster collaboration and help inspire people into action.

August 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Learning Studio E (TI 148)
Guest Facilitator(s) 
Alex Bruton, PhD, P.Eng., MBA, Schulich School of Engineering
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No Cost
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Educational Development
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