At the nexus of learning and innovation
September 20, 11:30 am

11.30-1.00pm, Room 612 of the Education Building

    A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar on “Engaging Effectively with Innovation” as a Graduate Quality with Professor Tom Carey


    11.30-1.00pm, Room 612 of the Education Building

      The increasingly competitive, fluid and challenging work environments of the future require graduates who are prepared to work with knowledge that doesn’t yet exist, using practices that don’t yet exist, in jobs that don’t exist.  In this seminar, we’ll look at a new Canadian project aiming to address some of this need by developing “capability to engage effectively with innovation in the workplace” as a Graduate Quality.

      Our working definition of innovation is the social process of creating enduring value by successful mobilization of new ideas in the workplace. Our emerging plan for developing the graduate capability includes:

      • Innovation Skills: through experiential learning activities to engage with innovation in our own teaching and learning workplaces;
      • Innovation Knowledge: through an interdisciplinary curriculum for ‘big picture’ knowledge about which skills apply when, where and why;
      • Innovation Mindsets: through immersion in powerful workplace innovation cultures, on and off campus.

      In the discussion, I hope to learn more from your work about the following issues:

      • How does this Graduate Quality relate to “Inventiveness” as a Sydney Graduate Quality?
      • How do we ensure that graduates can transfer capability in innovation for the workplace into innovation in their other roles, e.g., as community members and global citizens?
      • How could some of our graduates develop further capability, as enablers and catalysts for innovation in the workplace? (e.g., in a Bachelor of Advanced Studies?)



      Dr. Thomas Carey – Overview of Related Experience

      Dr. Thomas Carey works with higher education institutions and systems as a “connector, coach and catalyst” in leadership for exemplary teaching and learning environments.

      In Canada, Dr. Carey is currently Principal Catalyst for Transforming Learning Together (Guelph ON) and Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and learning Innovation for the British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities (Victoria BC). In the U.S., he is a Research Professor in the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. Tom is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

      Recent projects in Canada include pilot studies on Building an Innovation-Enabled Workforce in British Columbia and Advancing Signature Institutional Strengths in Teaching and Learning in Ontario, and research studies on Strategic International Trends in Online Learning for eCampus Ontario and How Online Learning Affects Productivity, Cost and Quality for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Tom’s other recent U.S. roles include Senior Partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Advisor on Math Faculty Networks for the California Community Colleges Success Network (, Visiting Senior Scholar at the California State University Office of the Chancellor and Chief Learning Officer for the MERLOT OER Network.

      Past North American research and innovation projects include the award-winning ELIXR online faculty support collaboration across 39 institutions in the U.S. and Canada (with support from the U.S. Dept. of Education) and multi-institution projects with universities and community colleges to apply online technology for faculty knowledge exchange in exemplary teaching and learning (with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation and Canada’s Networks of Centres of Research Excellence).

      Tom previously served in Canada as Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Senior Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, co-leader of the Workplace Learning research theme in the national Tele-Learning Network of Centres of Excellence, and Director of teaching and learning centres at Waterloo and the University of Guelph.

      In Tom’s faculty career, he was a tenured Professor in Computing Science and Information Systems. His work has received awards for excellence in teaching and learning, faculty development, collaboration across academic institutions, research on interactive technologies, and industry-university cooperative projects (including a 15-year partnership with IBM Canada’s Centre for Advanced Studies). Dr. Carey’s research partnerships included teams in Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

      Dr. Carey has a B.A. (Pure Math & Philosophy) from University of Windsor, Ph.D. (Computer Science) from University of Waterloo and a Certificate in University Management from University of Manitoba.

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