Innovating education to educate innovators

Presentation Date: 

Monday, May 29, 2017


Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) 2017, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)

Presentation Slides: 

Can we teach innovation? Innovation requires whole-brain thinking — right-brain thinking for creativity and imagination, and left-brain thinking for planning and execution. Our current approach to education in science and technology, focuses on the transfer of information, developing mostly right-brain thinking by stressing copying and reproducing existing ideas rather than generating new ones. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to team work and creative thinking greatly improves the learning that takes place in the classroom and promotes independent thinking.