“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, our program has been postponed. Please contact us for details.
Innovation is a hard thing to explain, and an even harder thing to create. Companies spend millions on research and development only to come up empty-handed. When great ideas finally do arrive, they do so unexpectedly – out of the blue, as the old saying goes. In short, innovation is mysterious, but as Jobs notes, it is the key to success. This is true for business professionals, academics, artists, and athletes alike. So just what is innovation and how do we create it?
In this intensive 2-week course offered through U.C. Berkeley’s College Writing Programs, you will engage in a variety of hands-on activities that test your ability to innovate, negotiate, and communicate your ideas. You will also explore what science has to say about innovation: its origins, when and how it strikes, what to do once it does, and what to do if it doesn’t. As you do so, you will practice the skills crucial for success in higher education.
Program Dates: TBD
Program Fees: TBD*
*2021 program fees will be determined.
Program features, services, and amenities:
Classroom activities, learning materials, and fieldwork that immerse you in the latest research on innovation and offer you practice in academic skills such as critical thinking, sustained analysis, and the opportunity to explore and create original, engaging, and cohesive content
Classes taught by experienced U.C. Berkeley professors
Intensive 80-hour program (equivalent to a half-semester of coursework)
Individualized feedback and resources to refine your language skills
Mentorship and tutoring from U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student advisors
Workshops on college admissions, classroom communication, and more
Official U.C. Berkeley Certificate upon program completion
Guided tours of the San Francisco Bay Area, with transportation included: Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Legion of Honor Museum, de Young Museum, premier shopping centers, and more
Housing located steps from the Berkeley campus, with chaperones, evening meals, linen service, high-speed Internet access, and common areas to relax and chat with friends
Transportation between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and your residence in Berkeley
Week One Schedule
|Morning 9:30am – 12:00pm||Afternoon 2:00pm – 4:30pm|
|M||Berkeley orientation and campus tour||Workshop: “Speaking in the Berkeley Classroom”: Oral skills for Higher Education|
|T||Introduction to course:
The psychology of innovation
|Engineering challenge I|
|W||Cultivating innnovation||Workshop: Online Resources for academic success|
|Th||Innovation in business I||Case studies: innovators in business|
|F||Innovation in business II||Fieldwork Trip|
Week Two Schedule
|M||Engineering challenge II||Workshop: Writing the Personal Statement / US College Applications|
|T||Innovation in product desgin and engineering||Case studies: Innovation in product design and engineering|
|W||Field trip||Workshop: Choosing a major|
|Th||Culture, socio-dynamics, and creativity||Case studies: Establising a culture of creativity|
|F||Showcase + Lunch + Graduation|