About the course
In these times of rapid change, innovative teams are at the core of every successful company or organization, from small and local to large and multinational. How do we build these highly innovative teams? What practices sustain them? How do we create a learning culture that continues to drive innovative behavior within teams?
In this online course, we draw on the time-tested methods and unique insights from ME310, taught at Stanford University since 1967. This course may be the world's longest continuously taught course for project-based learning with teams.
Through a blend of group discussions, guest speakers, observations, design research interviews, practice, and readings, you will learn core concepts and practical tools to help you build and sustain innovative teams. Topics we will cover include: creating a learning culture, supporting collaboration versus coordination, forming teams with a collective breadth of expertise and skills (a concept called “T-teams”), building to think through prototypes, and how all team design depends on redesign. Throughout the course, you will develop a learning portfolio that will allow you to reflect on, synthesize, and further share your learning. No matter what industry sector or career stage you are in, this course can help you become more innovative as a team member or a team leader.
What makes our online courses unique:
Course sizes are limited.
You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 35 participants.
Frequent interaction with the instructor. You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.
Study with a vibrant peer group.
Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.
Direct feedback from the instructor.
Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.
Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.
This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.
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Reinhold Steinbeck, founding partner of IntoActions, an innovation company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, works with clients, partners and colleagues in the business, public, education and social worlds to create innovative solutions and build lasting innovation cultures. Reinhold looks at ...
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