Inspire Centre
Questions and Answers

Q: What do you mean by ‘academic innovation’?

A: Innovation, in the academic sense, means taking intelligent risks with your teaching practice: trying new methods, applying established methods to new situations, or delivering familiar curriculum in new and flexible ways. It means collaborating and experimenting with your colleagues and engaging your students in the adventure. Innovation includes a scholarly evaluation of how things are working and treating the results – whether ‘success’ or ‘failure’ – as the valuable learning experiences they can be. Academic innovation means looking for the educational advantage in technological ‘disruptions’ and celebrating the joy of teaching.

Q: What is “applied research”?

A: Simply stated, “applied research” is research designed to solve real-world problems in real-world settings. Applied research is “community engaged scholarship,” providing experiential learning opportunities that engage the expertise of faculty and students in solving important issues presented by community partners. It integrates the two college missions of employment-related education and regional economic development. Would you like your students to learn to create a sustainable business plan for a new tourism attraction? Or conduct a baseline study for an area about to undergo industrial development? An applied research project may be the answer!

Q: I’m a new instructor at College of the Rockies. What’s in the Inspire Centre for me?

A: LOTS! In the Inspire Centre, we are here for you. Come talk to us to plan your professional development as an educator and scholar. Get help with teaching and learning and/or applied research. Don’t know where to start? Come by and say hi. We love to chat.

Q: I’ve been teaching at the College since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. Do you have anything of value for me?

A: We sure hope so! We’d love to chat with you about your ideas for developing new teaching and learning strategies, or new research projects. We can support you as you develop a proposal for funding opportunities, or for new course development. We are here to assist you in turning your ideas into reality.