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Friday, February 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
Teaching Innovation: Tales from the Front Line

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Innovative thinking can be taught. This is the foundational statement from which this lecture begins. And I know it can be taught because I have, for the past two decades, spent the majority of my professional life either teaching young people how to approach applied innovation more critically and intelligently, or working as a business strategist and commercialization guide for some of Alberta's most creative scientists and technologists. I have, in other words, seen innovation at is best and worst. And I have survived to tell the tales. But as any educator will tell you, just because something is teachable does not mean it can be taught, or is being taught in a way that translates elegantly from the classroom to applications and successes beyond those walls. So as governments and school boards across the country ring the bell in support of innovation and innovative thinking, some deep and often unsettling questions linger: How do young people really understand innovation and innovative thinking (as distinct from invention and curiosity)? How does the very honorable goal of teaching innovation align with the realities of our current educational economy of grades and assessment? And so on. This lecture will pose many of these questions, of course. But it will also offer some strategies and tactics for making innovative thinking part of every classroom in every school, regardless of subject or age level. This lecture will invite and challenge educators to embrace iteration, to celebrate failure, and to activate intellectual and emotional resilience in the next generation of innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs.

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Dr. Klay Dyer

Business & Operations Manager, Alberta Glycomics Centre
Having established himself as on of the country's foremost experts in Canadian literature and culture, Dr. Dyer has spent the past two decades of his professional life at the front line of innovation within Alberta. Whether teaching a generation of students the realities of innovation... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30 MST
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  General Interest / Intérêt Général  Career & Technology Studies
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English