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Innovation Insights: A Talk with Joel Podolny

From Marching Backwards to Marching Forwards: An Introduction to Honor Education

Date & Time

September 7, 2023, 12:30 PM - September 7, 2023, 2:00 PM


Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room (1st Floor)

The Center for Academic Innovation is excited to host Joel Podolny for an Innovation Insights talk. Podolny is the founder of Honor Education, a teaching and learning platform for colleges, universities, and corporations, thoughtfully designed to drive collective engagement, equity, and curricular improvements in all educational settings. During his talk, he will address the unmet potential of educational technology and what new pedagogies digital technology can enable. He will share how he and his team at Honor Education are driving a march forward, emphasizing the vision of scaling transformative learning experiences that reshape minds and connections. Podolny will also provide a demo of the Honor Education platform and discuss its pedagogical underpinnings. The Honor Education team draws upon more than 100 years of Apple leadership, design, and engineering experience, as well as other leading technology companies like Google, Snap, and Pinterest.  

Innovation Insights

The Center for Academic Innovation brings together people who want to transform education, share knowledge, and increase learner success by hosting inspiring talks, collaborative problem-solving workshops, and discussions on the latest in educational research and practice. The Innovation Insights series features a diverse lineup of topics, delivered by leaders in academia and private industry, united by the common goals of delivering insights into how to further academic innovation and build the future of education.  

About Joel Podolny

Prior to co-founding Honor Education, Joel Podolny was a Vice President at Apple, and was the founding Dean of Apple University, where he oversaw learning in areas such as leadership, management, and company culture. Before that, Joel served as Dean and Professor of Management at the Yale School of Management. He previously held professorships at Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.