This OLT funded fellowship addresses challenges faced by Australian educators in graduating creative engineers, capable of developing novel products and services in a competitive global market.
Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century: Embedding tools of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) into the engineering curriculum is aligned with the Government’s vision for higher education in Australia to act as an engine of economic growth.
This challenge arises from the critical need for the Australian industry to outperform our neighbours by offering products and services that cannot be defeated in the market place on price alone. By means of constructing and promotion of a web-based repository of TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) educational materials this Fellowship will initiate and lead change in engineering curricula that will enable Australian engineering educators to eliminate the existing gap in generic skills between Australian 15 year-olds and their Asia-Pacific counterparts and will ensure Australian engineering graduates possess the most advanced generic skills of creative problem solving.
October 2016 to December 2017
- developing a web-based repository of TRIZ educational materials (under Creative Commons) that could be embedded into existing engineering subjects, and used by individual students for self-learning;
- promoting this repository to Australian engineering academics;
- engaging Australian engineering academics in introducing students to the basic tools of TRIZ and
- offering appropriate support to Australian academics that decide to try embedding the TRIZ tools into their subject in 2017.
National senior teaching fellow
Professor Iouri Belski
International TRIZ academic experts from Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Russia and Finland