Higher education should focus on “renewal” rather than “innovation:” Opinion

October 31, 2022
Higher education needs to focus on how those who are working within the sector are already contributing rather than looking to “disruptive innovation,” writes Kevin Gannon. Gannon argues that “innovation” is often used to mean something new, but that the root verb suggests a “renewal” rather than the creation of a brand-new effort or initiative. With this in mind, rather than expecting someone to come from outside with an innovative idea, institutions should look at who is already doing renewal work from within. The author encourages educators to ask questions about who has been particularly successful in their teaching techniques and expand on these team members’ work by fostering presence and creating and sustaining a culture of belonging in the classroom. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)