Priorities:Boğaziçi University Faculty Project

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Project Name: Embedding Creative and Entrepreneurial Thinking into School-Wide Curriculum

Project by Faculty Innovation Fellows Candidate Oğuzhan Aygören

Why is this project important to you, your department, & your Fellows?

Analytical thinking and critical reasoning are weighed heavily in higher education and the creativity component is missing. This project will enable faculty and students to embrace creativity as a valid and applicable practice instead of relying solely on analytical thinking.


Faculty from all departments will be introduced to design thinking and creativity tools. In order to do that, it would be great to coordinate with UIF fellows to organize workshops and pop-up events in professors' classes. Also, meetings with faculty who want to be change makers will be welcomed to the team. Brainstorming sessions will be held where moonshot thinking will be employed allowing crazy ideas to be flourished, embraced, built upon. While doing that, rituals need to be established with a feeling of community and a safe environment. Trust and rapport must be built and nurtured. So, we must produce actionable insights and solid outputs no matter small.

At the end, more faculty will be championing creativity and change among campus and employ the tools they learn into their curriculum and start experimenting with their students. So, we will achieve to change the perception of entrepreneurship as a broader term for change making and experimenting instead of making money as a greedy capitalist. Unfortunately, many academics are skeptic at entrepreneurship since they see it in classic economic terms. So, our main aim will be to fix this perception, introduce them to solid tools and help them employ in their curriculum.

Stakeholders served

  1. Faculty members interested in change-making
  2. Change-maker students and broader aspiring students
  3. Decision makers in the rectorate and management positions

Key Milestones

  • December 2020: Stakeholder meeting with a wider audience to attract as partners in crime
  • March 2021: Faculty fellows program
  • June 2021: Realization of creativity as a missing component in the curriculum
  • September 2021: Implementing creativity as part of requirements
  • December 2021: Assessment of students and faculty
  • March 2022: Sharing of the results within other faculty in the university

An Innovation Portfolio An important tenet of our community of practice is that we share all materials with peers so they may borrow, build on and replicate the activity, findings, and/ or impact on their campuses. Please describe the artifacts you intend to include in your portfolio and publish on the wiki. This may include curriculum, slides, facilitators guides, tictoc/run-of-show documentation, activities, worksheets and more.

Faculty fellows program curriculum: A faculty education program on change-making and creative thinking Creativity exercises: Self-realization exercises for individual reflection Rituals: Fun activities to define the community

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