ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico is incubating a new program that is an innovation in learning theory itself. Called the Innovation Academy (iA), it’s a mindset, it’s for everyone, and it’s a new, nontraditional curriculum. While the Innovate ABQ concept is a movement to transform New Mexico’s economy, the Innovation Academy concept is a movement to transform higher education. UNM is a knowledge supply chain full of innovative ideas that iA, UNM’s very own start-up, is bringing to fruition.
One of the goals of iA is to change the way the university teaches based on the way students learn. The growth of the program will distinguish UNM from other universities because they are reinventing ourselves using our state’s rich scientific, artistic and cultural resources and because UNM already has broad buy-in from faculty and students.
The formal program launch is in the fall but UNM already has pockets of energetic, creative programs. Faculty in some departments are already piloting new courses that combine important soft skill development, experiential learning, and community engagement opportunities.