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Innovation and Improvement (IAI) Ideas

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<!Take suggestions from teachers – links – develop them

<!Write reports and descriptions of each site

<!Members sign up for different links/tasks

<!Presentations to teachers -  Thursday seminars

<!Smartboard applications

<!Uses in Cal labs

<!Uses at home

<!Written proposals

<!Demonstrations – hands-on how-to!

<!10.How will this develop/improve learning/teaching

<!Websites for students

<!Blogging for students

<!Online submission of work

<!Integrating existing material such as Writing Centre website etc

<!Mission statement

<!Risk assessment – infringing ethics – opportunities to plagiarize etc

<!Safety and security

<!Cost & Cost effectiveness


<!Value to learning

<!Value to the university

<!Contribution to overall improvement

<!Washback - unforeseen feedback


<!Uses in Faculties

How to use the Scamper technique

Mind Tools

Creating Minds


Idea Connection

Graphic Organizers

7 powerful creativity tools


Creativity Resources

Activities – guidelines

Teaching Expertise

Blogging Innovation

Innovation Watch

Connected Principals

Educational web tools – blog

Bringing Health information to the community (BHITC)

Educational software tools


Robert L. Fielding



Innovation and Improvement

Robert L. Fielding

New ways of thinking: S-C-A-M-P-E-R



                                                            S – SUBSTITUTE

                                                            C – COMBINE

                                                            A – ADAPT

                                                            M- MODIFY/MAGNIFY

                                                            P – PUT TO OTHER USES

                                                            E – ELIMINATE

                                                            R – REVERSE/REARRANGE

is a problem solving technique based upon redefining the problem – the concept – the thing that needs solving, using the following terms and related questions.  If you have a problem, subject it to the scrutiny suggested by the questions and related terms given below.


 alternative, replacement, stand-in, locum, surrogate, proxy, deputy, reserve,

alternate, replace, exchange, use, reuse, switch, swap, fill in for, take the place of, deputize for

What can be substituted?

What other ingredients can be used?

What other process or procedure can be used?

What other place can be used?

What other approach can be taken?


Unite, merge, join, coalesce, mingle, come together, link, relate, mix, blend, fuse, amalgamate

What ideas can be combined?

Can we combine purposes?

How can this be repackaged?


Change, alter, modify, adjust, vary, revise, amend, bend, fit, rework

What else is like this/

Is there a parallel?

What can be emulated?

In what different context can this concept be put?

In what other fields can this idea fit?

What ideas from other fields can be applied to this one?


            Enlarge, blow up, expand, amplify, increase, extend, heighten, boost

What can be made larger or magnified or exaggerated?

What can be added?

Can extra value be added?


Employ, make use of, utilize, exercise, bring into play, apply, exploit, draw on, consume, take advantage of, manipulate, benefit from, tap

What else can this be used in/for/with?

What are new ways of using this concept?

In what ways can this material be used?


Remove, eradicate, abolish, get rid of, do away with, reject, disregard, throw out, exclude, expel

What should be removed?

What would happen if the concept were smaller?

Can the concept be divided up into smaller ones?

What can be subtracted?

Which rules can be removed?


Overturn, turn around, undo, annul, invalidate, repeal, quash, render null and void, switch, reorder, invert, rearrange


Reorganize, reorder, reposition, readjust, relocate, reschedule

What is another way to arrange the concept?

What pattern can be altered?

Can components be interchanged?

Can cause and effect be transposed?


Global University Network for Innovation

Blogging Innovation

SCAMPER Substitute  Combine  Adapt  Modify  Put to other purposes  Rearrange


The SCAMPER technique (pdf)

Litemind – exploring ways to use our minds efficiently

How many futures are you considering

Robert L. Fielding