Saturday, 18 September 2010

Higher education innovation

Universities struggle so much with this new millennium. Their usual spreadsheet of a room allocation chart with its cells ends up all-too-often as a blueprint for building as the cells become physically just that. Of course walking round universities we find that most of the cells are empty for most of the time. Like most cells elsewhere, if you leave them unlocked, people escape.

So it was with a particular joy that I found this room in a university near the centre of England which had been set aside for "innovation". Inside it was just another cell with seminar style rectangular desks and dull office chairs. There was another innovation room - seen here - with exactly that room allocation timetable on the door - and even more dull furniture inside!

You could practically hear the conversation: "Innovation? yes we're on top of that - here it is in the spreadsheet, Room 250"

Oh dear, I'm not sure that many universities will make it, are you?

5 comments:

Andy said...

Well, they've realised the need for innovation but perhaps they're not sure in what. Learning? Technology? Money-making? Maybe the Innovation Working Party could put that question at the top of the agenda.

Blogitato said...

A sign with vibrant colours always helps ;)

Did they have an irony room as well?

Corey said...

not quite a real understanding if the room used for innovation isn't innovated itself.

I think understanding what innovative truly means, would be the first step.

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Well, they've realised the need for innovation but perhaps they're not sure in what. Learning? Technology? Money-making?

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