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Recep Öztürk
Salih Murat Akkın
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Burak Önal
Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
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Volume 2, Issue 1, April 2012,
Page(s): 20-27
Empirical Research
Received: February 9, 2012; Accepted: March 20, 2012; Published online: April 6, 2012
doi:10.2399/yod.12.007; Copyright © 2012, Deomed
Jump Starting Innovation in University Education*
Tarık Özkul (E-mail)
American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
*This is expanded version of conference paper presented in UYK-2011 conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011.
Innovation capability is considered the most valuable asset in the modern world. Within the innovation circle of University - Industry - Government policies, the universities are expected to lead the way in innovative thinking and innovation by educating and graduating students who have this capability. Although, this fact is very well known, how to achieve this in real life, under practical circumstances has been an elusive goal. In a long-term experiment conducted with students, different ways of increasing motivation and innovation capability of undergraduate students has been experimented. Specially selected patent documents are used within the context of the course for teaching course contents. By increasing know-how and know-why of students, their motivation toward the course is increased. The experiments have indicated that using right tools and methodology, it is possible to jump start innovation among uninitiated students at both undergraduate and graduate level. The paper discusses the philosophy behind the methods used and the type of courses suitable for jump starting innovation as well as criteria for selecting study documents.
Keywords: Collaborative learning, constructionist education, educational technology, engineering education, know-why, patent education, self-determination theory, technological innovation.
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