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Circle of Innovation

A didactic model for teachers in any sector of education; the Circle of Innovation describes the four phases involved in the development of new tools. It is based on design thinking and can help teachers and learning material designers organize and structure complex entrepreneurial learning.

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Purpose and process

The model can be used for analysing innovation processes as well as for structuring intended innovation processes such as new materials/tools. The four phases in the Circle of Innovation are:

  1. Identifying a problem (Observation & Interpretation)
  2. Creation (Innovative vision & Innovative concrete ideas)
  3. Experiment (Action & Exploration)
  4. Implementation (Situational & Distributive).

Participants in the model will sometimes goes through the phases in a linear fashion, but more often they circle back and forth between them. Each phase has its challenges which can potentially prevent an innovation from emerging.

Learning outcomes

In an educational context, using the Circle of Innovation can enable teachers and learning material designers to develop well structured learning material which helps to set students' creative potential free and at the same time supports them in the complex processes of entrepreneurial learning.

Curricular or thematic relevance

Appropriate in the development of new resources for any learning context

How to organise:

Not applicable

Assessment and evaluation approaches

Fully integrated into the process itself

Volunteer involvement

Not applicable. The model is specifically for the use of teachers involved in developing innovative learning resources

Provider country

Denmark

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Provider Institution:

, School of Education, Aarhus University  

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Profile of the tool and method

    veste
24.02.2014

This method similar to design thinking process is effective and suitable for every age. The method itself need to be practiced and explained well for the students before implementing it, but when done that, it works!

 

    JAVIER
25.02.2014

I like very much this new tool. Very practical. I proposse to combineThis method with the Ideo creative videos. http://www.ideo.com

 

    Turid
25.02.2014

An interesting model for the work of development work in the school. Teachers will probably find interest in this model. One will be able to call attention to challenges that will appear when working of innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

    Zi-Man
27.02.2014

Seems to be a good tool in order to develop processes or methods for projects - such as students' business companies. Also quite suitable for topics to be taught by the teacher. For concrete and effective use by students who run or manage their own business company (no matter whether in reality or as a simulation) clear instruction and profound knowledge is indispensible.

 

    Rune Schou
02.03.2014

A very straight forward tool in the strategic sense. It seems to be a useful guideline to the innovation process. I like the hermeneutic and circular approach to the process as innovation and learning processes never stops but are continuing processes. This is often hard to practice in schools.

 

    Marcus T.
02.03.2014

This method seems to have the possibility to find a quick start of implementation in school. Both pupils / students and teachers should like the circle of innovation and find lots of ways to use it.

 

    JASR
02.03.2014

Approach is very useful for teachers because it creates space for creativity, allows verification and correction. The model allows to adapt the learning needs of the students.

 

    jornellingsen
02.03.2014

A very useful and effective tool for all ages. It shows the students how a process isn't always linear. Flexible method.

 

    Diana Draganescu
03.03.2014

The "Circle of innovation" is a simple to use, effective method that can work for different age groups quite well.

 

    Sylvie VASLIN
24.08.2015

The "circle of Innovation" tool fits the 21st century skills teaching and assessing trends as it allows divergent and convergent thinking. What is more, creativity is center-stage, and acts as a safe guideline to help learners think outside the box. Great!

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Total number of reviews so far: [ 10 ]

The latest review

The "circle of Innovation" tool fits the 21st century skills teaching and assessing trends as it allows divergent and convergent thinking. What is more, creativity is center-stage, and acts as a safe guideline to help learners think outside the box. Great!

Sylvie VASLIN 24.08.2015

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