The Innovation Conundrum

12:00PM to 1:00PM February 23, 2017
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The Innovation Conundrum

An invited talk by
Dr. Rolin Moe
Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation at Seattle Pacific University
February 23, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Organized by FSAS, the School of Education and Technology, & the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning & Technology 


Bring your lunch or join us via livestream for an hour of exploration and learning! What is innovation? And should we aspire to be “innovative?” Dr. Rolin Moe wants us to think about innovation from a more critical perspective and consider ways in which our interest can serve our students rather than obfuscate the problems of technology's so-called progress.  

Talk Description:

Dominant cultural assumptions about innovation, often bound in cycles of hype and reflexive jargon, assume omni-benevolence, focused on how to perpetuate innovation, incubate it, and celebrate it. Questioning innovation often seems antithetical to our culture’s esprit de corps. Innovation is the philosophical 'hurray' term, and if philosophy is any indicator, we should proceed with caution.  Beyond the allure of innovators and innovativeness and innovation mindsets, however, is a complex landscape: the rise of innovation hubs in areas of growing economic inequality; the rise of the knowledge economy at a time of predominantly service-level employment opportunities; and the promise of technology as a tool of liberation when most systems with which we engage regularly require our reliance and impose control of use. 







Dr. George Veletsianos



Dr. Rolin Moe




Speaker Bio

Dr. Rolin Moe is an assistant professor and the director of the Institute for Academic Innovation  at Seattle Pacific University. Moe’s 15+ years of working with formal, informal and non-formal learning institutions have focused on empowering all members of the community to engage teaching and learning. In formal education settings, Moe works across the environment to conceptualize, design, implement and assess learning environments and models. Outside of formal education, Rolin celebrates the ‘gap’ between artifact design and learning assessment, at organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, Thesys International and the nonpartisan Annenberg Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. For more information, please visit Rolin’s CV or portfolio.