How do we Teach and Learn Innovation?


Friday October 6th 2017, Memorial University, St. John's NL

Innovation. The word and concept has become increasingly popular recently – but what is it, really? Where do innovators come from? What does the practice of innovation look like?

In this Synergy Session, Ryan Murphy presents his award-winning Master’s research, Innovation Education. In his work he explored the questions above, unearthing a set of innovation skills and synthesizing an innovation curricula. Finally, he examined how this set of skills is intentionally taught (or not!) in Newfoundland and Labrador’s public education systems, from K-12 through to post-secondary.

Ryan J. A. Murphy is a PhD candidate in Management (Information Systems) at Memorial University and Student Leadership Development Coordinator at Memorial’s Student Experience Office. He graduated with a Master of Design from OCAD University's Strategic Foresight & Innovation program and holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Computer Science (Software Engineering) from Memorial University.

Ryan works at the intersection of technology, psychology, design, and the application of those disciplines to education and learning, having spent the past decade working in youth innovation and leadership development. You can find him on the web at and


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