The heart and soul of CEP 812 has been the Wicked Problem Project. Divided into think tanks, we were asked to examine one of five wicked challenges concerning the future of education based on the work of the New Media Consortium. Our group focused on the challenge of making “innovation part of the learning ethic”. The question that played in our minds over and over was how to make schools a place “where innovation happens routinely”?
For this purpose, we worked collaboratively with course colleagues weeks in advance, to gather information, brainstorm ideas, consult via synchronous video conversations, delegate responsibilities and devise the best bad idea possible for our wicked problem! Our premise was that in order for students not to lose motivation or passion for learning, innovation must be considered as part of the learning ethic. More specifically, students should be afforded time and space in the curriculum to routinely play, explore and create. Our research and discussions were curated and are presented here in the form of a multimedia mashup, visual representation, and white paper policy recommendation.