Event on Social Innovation in Higher Education Institutions at the Online Summit Series of the EAIR – The European Higher Education Society

On 25 September (14 – 18 CET), an online event on Social Innovation in Higher Education Institutions will take place. In this event, two projects from the USA and Germany will be presented and discussed in four workshops:

Project WISIH: The german CHE team will present results from their project "Ways and Indicators of Social Innovation from Higher Education Institutions". These include results of a quantitative survey among professors in which they were asked whether they currently work on or have worked on social innovations, which support and obstacles they encountered during the work process and how they would describe their personality traits. A qualitative survey conducted as part of the project also focused on the processes of social innovations.

After presenting the main findings the team will offer three workshops on the topics of personality traits of social innovators, specifics of certain subjects and questions of university management that come up in connection with social innovations.

Projekt JMU: This workshop introduces participants to tools that can be used to address complex social innovation problems in a variety of ways that enhance student learning. Specifically, participants will explore how to use design thinking to facilitate structured brainstorming and prototyping in response to a highly complex problem. Workshop participants will also be introduced to Value Proposition Design and the Business Model Canvas and their applicability to support social innovation projects in the classroom. Workshop participants will understand the purpose of the above concepts in innovation classes; learn ways of using them in classroom settings, and discuss opportunities and challenges for applying them to social innovation efforts.

14:00 - 14:05 Welcome and introduction of Agenda

14:05 - 15:05 Social Innovation in the Curriculum: Ben Selznick, Sean Ronan McCarthy, Nick Swayne: James Madison University (JMU), USA)

10 Min Break

15:15 - 16:15 Ways and Indicators of Social Innovation in Higher Education (Isabel Roessler, Cort-Denis Hachmeister, Saskia Ulrich: Centre for Higher Education (CHE), Germany)

15 Min Break

16:30 - 17:15 Workshops

1. Social Innovation in Curriculum (Ben, Sean, Nick)

2. Personality traits of social innovators (Denis)

3. Specifics of certain subjects (Saskia)

4. Social Innovation in Higher Education Management (Bianca Brinkmann, CHE)

5 Min Break

17:20 – 17:45 Summaries of Workshops

17:45 – 17:50 Closing

The event is part of the Online Summit Series of the EAIR (European Higher Education Society). Tickets are available online: https://www.eairweb.org/event-details/social-innovation-online-summit

There is a discount for ESSI members: Using the code “ESSI” will reduce the ticket from 15 € to 10 €.