Why learning from experience is the educational wave of the future

Volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity site in Winnipeg in July 2017. Building homes for the disadvantaged is the type of ‘learning through service’ that will stand university grads in better stead with employers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster University The university experience has changed. It used to be enough for … More Why learning from experience is the educational wave of the future

The Big Idea: Educate Citizen Scholars To Transform Our World

A university degree is simply a ticket that allows graduates to apply for jobs. MacChangers enhances graduates’ employment prospects because of their active experiential learning based on design-thinking, systems thinking and an entrepreneurial fail-fast innovation approach. … More The Big Idea: Educate Citizen Scholars To Transform Our World

Guest Blog by Brian Baetz: Mindful Engineering

Dave Goldberg, emeritus professor at University of Illinois, teamed up a few years ago with Mark Sommerville of Olin College on a ground-breaking book, A Whole New Engineer.  Dave also created The Big Beacon initiative, where he and his collaborators envision and implement innovations to transform engineering education. His 2016 Jack Hodgins Memorial lecture at … More Guest Blog by Brian Baetz: Mindful Engineering

Innovation, Clusters and Universities

In response to the Great Depression of the 1930s, economically depressed jurisdictions used an approach, termed as “smokestack chasing”.  Regional governments recruited industrial firms to enhance job creation by providing them with tax incentives, land use privileges and loans. Society was transformed. From being primarily agricultural, many regions quickly reorganized into manufacturing and resource extraction economies. … More Innovation, Clusters and Universities