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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