Innovation Hub creates unique learning opportunity

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Innovation Hub creates unique learning opportunity

Published on February 27 2014

After months of hard work the vision for the Brock University Faculty of Education/DSBN Educational Research and Innovation Hub – affectionately known as the Hub – was brought to life.

The February 26 grand opening gathered educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and education technology start-ups to discuss 21st century teaching and learning while providing the opportunity to observe the impact a space such as the Hub will have in maximizing technological education tools.

With speakers from the DSBN, Brock University and a pair of EdTech start-ups, the opening carried with it a theme of collaboration, research and a desire to enhance the methods in which learning is consumed.

“In short, what we have here in [the Hub] is a nexus of connectedness,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock University Fiona Blaikie. “This is a rhizomatic convergence of partners in education, community and industry working together through praxis to further the creation and development of transformative ideas, products, processes and technologies to enhance the effectiveness and impact of teaching and learning as formative, positive, dynamic, ongoing and life changing – it is nothing short of innovative and inspirational.”

While the idea of the Hub is not necessarily unique in its own right, its location certainly is.

Camille Rutherford, an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, notes that “there are a number of EdTech incubators and accelerators throughout North America, but there has yet to be a location that is housed within a K-12 educational institution”.

Suraj Srinivas, co-founder of Vetica, is one of many who see the incredible value in having the Hub located in a K-12 institution.

“Having a hub like this in a school with access to teachers and students in a supervised environment is huge for us,” he said in an interview with CHCH. “We can create something, push it out there to our potential users, and get their feedback quickly which is so important to a small company like ours.”

The day’s events were not just a hot topic within the confines of the DSBN and the Faculty of Education, it garnered attention from several local media outlets, including this piece by the St. Catharines Standard and a segment on CHCH’s news broadcast.

Photos from the opening of the Hub can be found on our Facebook page

people talking inside the hub