Via EdSurge

Universities are hard at work creating breakthrough initiatives and advancing technology in higher education. However, conceptualizing new and innovative products require more than just a few people throwing around ideas late at night.

Introducing the incubators; the teams behind driving innovative university initiatives.

Institutions are looking to their new internal teams of flexible and diverse ‘intrapreneurs’ to prototype new educational products and initiatives. These new internal teams are also often responsible for creating new partnerships and finding new lines of revenue.

In 2014, Arizona State University launched EdPlus, the university’s digital innovation team who is responsible for ASU Online, creating partnerships, researching, and promoting education at scale for anyone, anywhere.

Dean for Educational Initiatives Philip Regier currently leads EdPlus at ASU. EdPlus was initially a team of people created out of the need to focus more on their online efforts, and support ASU Online. Today, they employ over 300 people.

At the University of Michigan, a team of 42 people create their Office of Academic Innovation. They are tasked with “redefining public residential education at a 21st century research university.” Their team is run by James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation.

Another university team focused on innovation, is Georgetown’s Designing the Future(s)

in Washington D.C. Their team is unique because it is comprised of over a dozen staff, faculty, and even some students. Under the leadership of Randy Bass, vice provost for education, their innovative team focuses on curricular innovation.

It’s not all glory for these teams. Similar images of post-it notes covering whiteboards is a common occurrence on their websites. There are many dynamic roles that have to be executed within these teams, and many collaborative meetings thinking up the next big idea.

Read more about the specific roles within these innovative team