Rationale for Innovation Communities

Innovation Community Projects

Innovation Communities (ICs) operate as Communities of Practice, as described by John Ivey of Apple in the graphic below with examples of how each network is supported by the CATL. ICs exist in that space between less structured Social Networking opportunities and more structured implementation of best practices that occurs in Work Teams.  Social networks are not expected to produce deliverables at all, while work teams are expected to deliver results based on best practices. However, communities of practice such as ICs, exist in a space between. Their deliverable is to document their processes and outcomes, so that they may be spread via the university’s social networks and/or be implemented via a university work team. For example, an IC’s work designing innovative assessments for extra-curricular activities could be accessed in the IC Repository by individual faculty as a form of social networking and/or formally implemented by the Gen Ed Task Force in their e-portfolio plan via work teams. 

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Proposal Request

Periodically, the CATL will announce the opening of the Innovation Community proposal process and distribute the Innovation Community Proposal Request Form. Completion of this form is required in order to identify each proposed community to CATL staff, enabling them to provide guidance and support throughout the application process. Applications received without requesting a form from CATL may not be included in the review process. Only the leader(s) of the proposed IC need to complete the form.