Innovations Stalled by “Not-Invented-Here?”

A “not invented here” bias on the part of faculty is often cited as a factor in inhibiting the spread and adaptation of innovations in teaching and learning practice. The “bias” part alludes to a prejudgment that what we create locally will be better-suited to our teaching needs and learning contexts than an adaptation of work done elsewhere would be. (On the other hand, we don’t hear as much about academics suffering from the reverse bias, when “proudly-found-elsewhere” can sometimes subtly convey the idea that if our local colleagues come up with an innovation it can’t be all that good…)

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