The 2007 inaugural address of RIT’s ninth president, William Destler, highlighted the breadth and diversity of curricular offerings at RIT from business, engineering, and computing to design, fine art, and craft. In his address, Dr. Destler included this challenge: “What if RIT students [in addition to their discipline-specific courses] had the experience of working on complex societal problems with students from different majors on teams in...a cross-disciplinary effort to find real solutions?” The authors of this paper took that challenge to heart. In the 2008- 2009 academic year, we wrote and taught a collaboration curriculum that was hosted by the RIT Honors program but open to all RIT students. The outcome of this program is an integrated “innovation suite” comprised of the following components: 1. learning outcomes and curricular models for innovation, 2. innovation activities, 3. collaborative learning environments, 4. collaborative technologies (IT and other), and 5. community-university partnerships. This integrated suite of innovation components will continue to grow in the new Center for Student Innovation at RIT.

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Open, San Francisco, March 25 - 27, 2010 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Conference Paper

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RIT – Main Campus