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How Can Disruptive Innovation Impact STEM Education?


For faculty and teachers, especially in STEM fields, who are looking to shift their teaching mindset from sustaining technologies to disruptive technologies, this 20-Minute Mentor will provide you with expert-guidance on how teaching disruptive technology in a STEM course can help students think more critically.


How Can Disruptive Innovation Impact STEM Education?

Much of STEM education is focused on sustaining technologies, which get more complex and expensive over time. However, many customers are actually best served by solutions that are simpler and cheaper, opening up opportunities for disruptive innovations.

This Magna 20-Minute Mentor discusses concepts and examples related to disruptive innovation, including how they can be used to help train students to become more customer-focused. Our expert presenter will provide some basic background information, examples, and an activity to help viewers learn and apply the concepts to their own teaching.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between disruptive and sustaining innovations
  • Identify different customer segments, including under-served, over-served, and not-served
  • Recognize historical examples of disruptive innovation
  • Complete an activity intended to explore a particular industry, technology, or product for potential disruptive innovations, which can also be used to teach disruptive innovation to students

Topics Covered

  • Disruptive vs. sustaining innovations
  • Customer types
  • Examples of disruptive innovations
  • How to use disruptive innovation with STEM students


This program will benefit:

  • Instructors and other faculty members, particularly in a STEM field (such as engineering)
  • Professors
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Deans

Product Code: PM20CA

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