Curriculum incubation: Data-driven innovative instructional design

Judith A. Sunderman, Raymond L. Price

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The curriculum incubator is a change strategy that nurtures innovative instructional design. Within the incubator, faculty test ideas outside of the official curriculum. The intention of this research and development process is to minimize early resistance and demonstrate methods that work. This study probed faculty perceptions about incubator characteristics and effectiveness during the first year of operation. An existing instrument, the Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ), which measures organizational capacity for innovation, was adapted for use. Results indicated that faculty perceived high levels of nine characteristics called dimensions of innovation. Support for New Ideas and Time to Explore Ideas were identified as the most valuable. Results for the curriculum incubator compared favorably to earlier studies of organizations with a track record of innovation. The wider significance of this study is about leadership. Within the secure environment of the curriculum incubator, individuals had the time and the opportunity to refine their teaching in ways that made personal sense, and moved the organization forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
StatePublished - 2012
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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