Open Innovation Challenge seeks innovative ideas for enhancing higher education

November 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — What is your wildest idea for improving teaching and learning in higher education? It’s the kind of idea you think is too crazy to ever work — or crazy enough to change everything.

Submit your big idea to the fourth annual Open Innovation Challenge (OIC), where out-of-the-box thinking can open the door to new and exciting opportunities for collaborative research and exploration of educational transformation.

Some of the best ideas will be showcased at the 2018 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology on March 17, 2018. A select number of submitters will give fast-paced, five-minute presentations in front of 500 attendees, who will then vote on their favorite idea. The winning idea will be nurtured by a team of experts — who specialize in exactly this kind of thing — to further develop it.

Ann Clements, associate professor and graduate program chair in the School of Music, won the 2015 OIC with the idea of creating a 3-D Virtual Teaching Lab. “I can think of no other Penn State award,” said Clements, “from an institute or elsewhere, that is so beautifully and simplistically based on good ideas about teaching and learning and, in turn, is so wholly focused on true innovation.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to submit your idea to the Challenge. It could be the difference between dreaming about something and helping to make it happen.

This challenge is open to any Penn State faculty, staff or student. Multiple submissions are welcome. The call for submissions will close on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

To submit your idea, visit

Last Updated November 10, 2017