W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002

W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002 Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Post #8

February 28, 2018

Following my previous blog post, I tied the world of education and the workplace together, with regards to innovation and creativity. For this post, I would like to expand on learning innovation and creativity in the workplace.
Learning never ends. School is one way to learn, but the workplace really teaches us about practicality and skill.
How is innovation and creativity learned in the workplace? Through training of course, through the interaction between managers and co-workers, and through the given job tasks. Innovation and creativity emphasizes on generating new ideas and coming up with ways to make day-to-day life just a little bit simpler. The workplace allows us to apply what we learned to real-world situations, and innovation and creativity really does come to life.
Innovation and creativity often stems from self-motivation and individuality. Entrepreneurs, for example, are innovative and creative thinkers who are also independent workers.
Do all workplaces embody methods to learn and exhibit innovation and creativity? Or are there only certain fields that allow innovation and creativity to be exhibited? Even in the most mundane jobs, there is a bit of creativity and innovation learned.

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  1. Hello Amanda,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this blog post. I really appreciate the positive approach to workplace and creativity. I’ve often been given a contrary perspective, that the workplace kills creativity. One of the reasons that has been given for a lack of creativity in the workplace is the drive for productivity. When everyone is accountable for all of their actions all of the time they cannot risk failure by trying something new. Without creativity we lack innovation and many feel locked in a cycle of mundane yet high pressure work. How do you see the push for accountability and productivity interacting with creative efforts and innovations in your context?

    1. Hi Ian,

      Thanks for your comment. My approach in my profession has always been innovative and creative. I often work in different after-school programs, organizations and have done freelance projects on my own. These opportunities allow me to be creative and innovative.

      With these opportunities, I am able to create a lot on my own — from curriculum development, to connecting with volunteers and organizing events — there is a lot of creative and innovative freedom with what I do. Of course, there are boundaries, restrictions and structure to some extend, but I feel that with most of what I do, there is always a sense of innovation and creativity!

      1. It sounds like you have found a wonderful way to integrate your own goals into your professional context. Well done!

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