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Innovation

Description : An individual who is competent in innovation is able to develop creative ideas, take calculated risks to test ideas, and engage and challenge others by conveying the need for dynamic change.

Why this skill is important : Taking risks and getting colleagues on board with ideas is a critical part of developing creative approaches to projects and issues. Innovators push the edge of change forward in all industries by thinking in different ways and challenging the status quo.

 

 

Level 1
Level 1 Innovation Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Level 1 of the innovation badge, you will be able to:

  • Define the essential skills of innovation (creative thinking, risk taking, and engaging others in change).
  • Identify at least three available innovative campus resources, clubs, groups, services, or organizations.
Level 1 Innovation Activities

Complete the activities below to learn more about innovation. More detailed information, including links to articles and videos, will be available in Blackboard. The quiz for Level 1 of the innovation badge draws from this material.

  • Write a brief reflection detailing your knowledge of innovation before you complete any of the activities for Level 1.
  • Read and/or watch a video about innovation, including creative thinking, calculated risk taking, and engaging others in change.
  • Read information about campus and community resources.

 

Level 1 Innovation Evidence

Once you submit your evidence, you will receive verification that you completed Level 1 for this skill badge.

  • Complete the online assessment about your knowledge of innovation and related resources.
Level 2
Level 2 Innovation Learning Outcome

Upon completion of Level 2 of the innovation badge, you will be able to:

  • Participate in an experience that exposes you to skills associated with innovation.
  • Demonstrate innovative behaviors (creative thinking, calculated risk taking, and engaging others in change) in a group setting.
Level 2 Innovation Activities

More detailed information about the activities that qualify will be available in Blackboard.

  • Participate in three activities, or propose and gain approval for three activities in which to participate. If you want to propose an activity, use the Level 2 Activity Approval Application located in the Level 2 Forms & Info section in Blackboard.
Level 2 Innovation Evidence

Complete the evidence portion of the badge after you participate in the three required activities for this skill. Once you submit the evidence below, you will receive verification that you completed Level 2 for this skill badge.

  • Provide evidence of participation in three unique activities that happened in a group setting.
  • Write a short (no more than 200 words) description regarding the behaviors you demonstrated.
  • List the purpose or goal of the actions you took, and the skills you tested (creative thinking, calculated risk taking, and engaging others in change).
  • Write one goal to develop or improve your innovation skills. The goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART).
Level 3
Level 3 Innovation Learning Outcome

Upon completion of Level 3 of the innovation badge, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate your ability to be innovative.
  • Articulate an experience where you were involved in creative thinking, calculated risk taking, and engaging others in change that led to an innovative success or failure.
  • Write three or more SMART goals to continue your innovative growth.
Level 3 Innovation Activities and Evidence

Complete the activities below to further present evidence of your skill. Once you submit the evidence below, you will receive verification that you completed the innovation badge.

  • Lead one new activity (cannot use the same activities as Level 2) that helped you meet the goal you set during Level 2. 
  • Create a reflective piece that demonstrates your advanced innovative skill level
  • Write three or more SMART goals to continue your innovative growth.