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...to Media Psych Special Topics 766, Fall 2013. The topic of this course is innovation and understanding our futures.
We will look at theoretical constructs for understanding innovation and technological trends, as well as what leading technologists and futurologists think about where we are headed as technologically assisted human beings. And we will look at practical applications of innovation and how it works in education and the marketplace.
Purpose and Objectives
This course was developed to help Fielding Graduate University's Media Psychology PhD students explore and personalize the theory and practice of innovation. Innovation covers a great deal of ground. But our interest is more specifically on the worlds of business and education during modern times. Toward that end we consider McLuhan, Drucker and Christensen. We examine Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations and Gartner's Hype Cycle. We look at Jobs and Kelley's IDEO. And we actually propose innovative ideas in the areas of socio-technological development that resonate with theories of psychology and media.
Explore a number of theories related to innovation in the modern business world
Explore a number of theories related to creativity and innovation in the world of education
Explore the practical application of innovation as practiced by leading innovators in the product development world
Find and share social media sources related to modern innovation with colleagues
Engage in collaborative discussion with colleagues about the topics above
Produce working ideas that represent potential, innovative products or approaches to innovation theory or management.