Producing ‘innovative’ graduates and how online learning can help

Tony Bates, , Feb 10, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates lists two papers on innovation and summarizes one of them (and I can't even read the other, as it's locked behind an OECD paywall - 'co-operation and development' my eye). And as he says, we should read the first one with caution, as it has a European focus and is based on the assessments of graduates rather than employers. Still. What seems true is that 'innovation', porperly so-called, requires a wide range of skills, and not merely science and technology skills. Which I guess we knew. There is some interesting work comparing the impact of theory-based and practical learning oin the different skill areas. Bates writes, "we need to continue to support a wide variety of disciplines and subject domains in our universities if we really want innovation across our society and economy; STEM subjects are important for innovation in many but by no means all areas of innovation in work and society."

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