Developing a Robust Educating for Innovation Framework

Mar 31, 2016 11:00:00 AM Justin Barbaro International Events

The Education Partners recently presented a paper at the Innovation Arabia 9 Annual Congress hosted by Hamdan bin Mohammad Smart University in Dubai. The title of the paper was “Developing a Robust Educating for Innovation (EfI) Framework: Lessons from GEMS World Academy – Chicago”.

The goal of the Innovations Arabia 9 Annual conference was to capitalize on the success and potential in the Arab World through parallel conferences focusing on Quality and Business Management, Health and Environment, and Smart Learning Excellence.

Osman Sultan provided the keynote address for the annual congress. Mr. Sultan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC, and has been named as CEO of the year by both the GCC Chamber of Commerce and at the Annual Middle East Awards. His speech concerning preparing for an all-digital world highlighted the dynamism of human brainpower, creativity, and globalization.

Prof. Dae Joon Hwang provided the keynote presentation for the Smart Learning Excellence conference. Dr. Hwang Professor Hwang has served the College of Information and Communication Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul, Korea) since 1987, has represented Korean higher education institutions as the Secretary General of the Korean Council for University Education between 2011 and 2013, and held the President of the Korea Education Research and Information Service (KERIS) from 2004 to 2008. His presentation provided models for technological innovation in K-16 learning environments.

Our team also had the opportunity to present new knowledge at the conference. The title of our paper presentation was: Developing a Robust Educating for Innovation (EfI) Framework: Lessons from GEMS World Academy – Chicago.

The abstract is found below.

The purpose of this paper is to share The Education Partners’ emergent Educating for Innovation (EfI) framework constructed through a constant comparative method of analyzing data generated by a robust professional learning activity hosted at GEMS World Academy-Chicago. Through this analysis, faculty descriptions emerge detailing how key learning opportunities including Field Studies, the Mobile Learning Lab, the Design and Innovation Lab, and Maker Spaces promote competencies for innovation, as well as how these competencies inform a more comprehensive Educating for Innovation (EfI) framework. Implications include current and potential practical uses for the EfI framework at GEMS World Academy-Chicago and other GEMS network schools, as well as future research on the efficacy and utility of this emergent framework across varied contexts.