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Making Innovation in Higher Education Work

Innovation is a hot topic in higher education today as colleges and universities continue to search for the silver bullet for student success, an acknowledgment that the way they are currently doing business is not working.

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Acceleration: A Degree-Completion Strategy for Online Adult Students

Our colleagues at the UWF Innovation Institute often contribute to academic journals to share the work of the Institute and our partners. Dr. Robin Colson, Director, Research and Evaluation, recently contributed an article on accelerated learning to the EDUCAUSE Review. This article discusses the importance of acceleration for adult students and highlights the acceleration options offered by Complete Florida partner institutions.

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Let’s Change the IT Conversation from Projects to Products

Many innovation methods adopt, at least implicitly, a product mindset. Product thinking is core to a focus on the customer (or client, end user, or other term of choice for those your organization serves), whether we describe our intended outcome as a product, service, or experience. The core skill of product thinking is empathy with the customer, or seeing the world from the customer’s viewpoint. Innovation practices that employ design thinking are therefore rife with concepts such as identifying the “true job” the customer needs performed, defining value from the customer’s viewpoint, discovering the “minimal viable product” that will meet these requirements, and designing a total “customer experience.”

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Distance Learning Update: What's Mobile Got To Do With It?

Distance learning continues to grow rapidly in higher education and in corporate training environments. Colleges and universities continue to experience increasing online course enrollments, even in the face of declining overall campus enrollments

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