Linking Innovation in Teaching and Learning with Educational Research (in Higher Education)

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A brief presentation about different notions of innovation in teaching and learning. Focuses on opportunities and challenges linking practical innovation with high-quality high-impact theory-generating educational research. Builds on the work of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, the University of Sydney, Australia.
Presented at the University of Oslo, Norway. 2016 09 26

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  • Innovation is a hot topic at all levels.
    Why:
    Australia 17 th in the world according to the Global innovation index

    http://innovation.gov.au/page/national-innovation-and-science-agenda-report

  • https://theconversation.com/australias-innovation-problem-explained-in-10-charts-51898

    Australia is ranked 17th in the world, according to the Global Innovation Index. While this is not a bad performance, we are outperformed in our region by Singapore, Korea and China.

    Australia’s pivot to a digital economy has stalled
    The government had acknowledged the need for Australia to transition its economy, but research from Tufts University suggests we have stalled. While we have achieved a high level of progress towards becoming a digital economy in the past, we are at risk of falling behind.
    The research argues “stall out” countries like Australia can only jumpstart their economies by redoubling on innovation and continuing to seek markets beyond domestic borders. It also says attracting highly talented young immigrants could help revive innovation.
  • http://www.industry.gov.au/innovation/Pages/default.aspx

    Research/science and innovation are in the portfolio of same department
    One of flagship areas of the current liberal government
  • http://www.industry.gov.au/innovation/Pages/default.aspx

    Last year launched Science and innovation agenda.

    Australia’s Chief Scientist (who provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation) produced a number of reports/briefs about innovation http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/about/the-chief-scientist/

    Talent and skills is one of priority areas, but more on IT skills, STEM, and really not much higher education
  • https://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/education-exports-hit-record-176-billion

    http://dfat.gov.au/trade/resources/trade-at-a-glance/pages/top-goods-services.aspx

    3-4 largest export (after iron and coal, similar to natural gas)


    Print
    New report on the value of international education to Australia
    The Australian Government commissioned a report, The value of international education to Australia, to raise awareness of the importance of international education to Australia.
     
    Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the report was released on Friday 29 April 2016 and has identified nearly $1 billion in additional benefits that international education delivers to the Australian economy, beyond the $19 billion in export income already reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
     
    The report indicates that international education supports over 130,000 jobs across the Australian economy and it delivers substantial indirect benefits to other industries such as tourism and retail.

  • https://www.business.gov.au/info/run/research-and-innovation

    Research and innovation
    Last Updated: 9 August 2016
    Everyone can innovate. Innovation means coming up with new ways of doing things. Bringing innovation into your business can help you save time and money, and give you the competitive advantage to grow and adapt your business in the marketplace.
    What is innovation?
    Innovation generally refers to changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas.
    For businesses, this could mean implementing new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving your existing services. Innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success of your business, and help you to adapt and grow in the marketplace.
    Being innovative does not only mean inventing. Innovation can mean changing your business model and adapting to changes in your environment to deliver better products or services. Successful innovation should be an in-built part of your business strategy, where you create a culture of innovation and lead the way in innovative thinking and creative problem solving.
    Innovation can increase the likelihood of your business succeeding. Businesses that innovate create more efficient work processes and have better productivity and performance.
    Key steps towards business innovation
    Find areas and ways to innovate in your business through research and planning:
    Conduct an analysis of the trends in the market environment, your customers’ wants and needs and your competitors.
    Consult with customers and employees for ideas on improving processes, products and services both internally and externally. Find out more about connecting with customers for ideas.
    Seek advice. Use available resources such as business advisors, grants and assistance to drive innovation in your business. This may include seeking Intellectual Property (IP) protection to commercialise your ideas. Learn more about local collaboration and international collaboration with researchers.
    Be open to new ideas and adaptive to change.
    Develop a strategic, responsive plan, which promotes innovation as a key business process across the entire business. Learn about creating an innovative business culture and developing a strategy for innovation.
    Train and empower your employees to think innovatively from the top down.
    Remember, innovation is the key to competitive advantage for your business.
    More information...
    Find further information on Innovation History of Aussie Innovations
    Find out what Grants & Assistance are available for innovation.
    Find out more about innovation in your state or territory.
    Read more about Australian Key Innovation Indicators on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.
  • http://www.science.gov.au/education/Pages/programmesDirectory.aspx

    http://www.olt.gov.au/
  • https://www.education.gov.au/pelthe-grants-and-fellowships
  • http://www.olt.gov.au/grants-and-projects/innovation-and-development

    Overall... Were funded very practical (applied), but research friendly projects...

  • https://sydney.edu.au/education-portfolio/ei/awards/educational_innovation_grants.htm
    University sees innovation in T&L as a priority: vision of a distinctive Sydney education
    Established a separate unit
    Have additional grant scheme

    At the end of 2015, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Sydney eLearning merged to form a new Educational Innovation (EI) team located in the DVC (Education) Portfolio. By bringing together this expertise, we hope to work more closely and consistently with faculties to support the University's ambitions outlined in the 2016–20 Strategic Plan and particularly its vision of a distinctive Sydney education. The EI team offer focused and strategic support to faculties and personalised professional learning opportunities for those involved in teaching.
    The transformation of the learning experience described in the strategic plan will require innovation, creativity and collaboration in our teaching approaches, blending the best aspects of face-to-face interactivity with engaging and mobile online resources.



    At the end of 2015, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Sydney eLearning merged to form a new Educational Innovation (EI) team located in the DVC (Education) Portfolio. By bringing together this expertise, we hope to work more closely and consistently with faculties to support the University's ambitions outlined in the 2016–20 Strategic Plan and particularly its vision of a distinctive Sydney education. The EI team offer focused and strategic support to faculties and personalised professional learning opportunities for those involved in teaching.
    The transformation of the learning experience described in the strategic plan will require innovation, creativity and collaboration in our teaching approaches, blending the best aspects of face-to-face interactivity with engaging and mobile online resources.


  • https://sydney.edu.au/education-portfolio/ei/awards/educational_innovation_grants.htm
    University sees innovation in T&L as a priority: vision of a distinctive Sydney education
    Established a separate unit
    Have additional grant scheme

    At the end of 2015, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Sydney eLearning merged to form a new Educational Innovation (EI) team located in the DVC (Education) Portfolio. By bringing together this expertise, we hope to work more closely and consistently with faculties to support the University's ambitions outlined in the 2016–20 Strategic Plan and particularly its vision of a distinctive Sydney education. The EI team offer focused and strategic support to faculties and personalised professional learning opportunities for those involved in teaching.
    The transformation of the learning experience described in the strategic plan will require innovation, creativity and collaboration in our teaching approaches, blending the best aspects of face-to-face interactivity with engaging and mobile online resources.



    At the end of 2015, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Sydney eLearning merged to form a new Educational Innovation (EI) team located in the DVC (Education) Portfolio. By bringing together this expertise, we hope to work more closely and consistently with faculties to support the University's ambitions outlined in the 2016–20 Strategic Plan and particularly its vision of a distinctive Sydney education. The EI team offer focused and strategic support to faculties and personalised professional learning opportunities for those involved in teaching.
    The transformation of the learning experience described in the strategic plan will require innovation, creativity and collaboration in our teaching approaches, blending the best aspects of face-to-face interactivity with engaging and mobile online resources.


  • Includes mainly Education, Health, Science, IT
  • Educational innovation & research as “innovation & research”

    http://www.dougengelbart.org/vision/paradigm-map.html

    Improvement of capability to improve A and B (going beyond DBR)
  • Linking Innovation in Teaching and Learning with Educational Research (in Higher Education)

    1. 1. The University of Sydney Page 1 Linking Innovation in Teaching and Learning with Educational Research (in Higher Education) Presented by Lina Markauskaite Faculty of Education and Social Work Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation @ University of Oslo, 27 September 2016
    2. 2. The University of Sydney Page 2 Outline: Four contexts . . . + 1 1. Innovation → X ← Research @ Australia 2. T&L Innovation ← ? → Research @ Australian HE 3. T&L innovation ← X→ Research @ the University of Sydney 4. T&L Innovation → X ← Research @ CRLI
    3. 3. The University of Sydney Page 3 Big picture Source: http://innovation.gov.au/page/national-innovation-and-science-agenda-report
    4. 4. The University of Sydney Page 4 Big picture Source: https://theconversation.com/australias-innovation-problem-explained-in-10-charts-51898
    5. 5. The University of Sydney Page 5 Broad context Source: http://www.industry.gov.au/innovation/Pages/default.aspx
    6. 6. The University of Sydney Page 6 Broad context – The National Innovation and Science Agenda – $1.1B AUD – 24 initiatives – 4 years (from 2015 Dec) Source: http://www.industry.gov.au/innovation/Pages/default.aspx
    7. 7. The University of Sydney Page 7 “The value” of education in Australia Exports from international education in 2014–15 • $17.1-$19.7 billion • ~5.2% • 3-4 largest export • the largest service export • 1.3% additional employment The value of international education to Australia, 2016 Source: https://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/education-exports-hit-record-176-billion
    8. 8. The University of Sydney Page 8 No 1: What is Innovation @ AU? “Everyone can innovate ... ” “Innovation generally refers to changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas” . . . implementing new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving your existing services. . . . does not only mean inventing. . . . should be an in-built part of your business strategy, where you create a culture of innovation and lead the way in innovative thinking and creative problem solving. Source: https://www.business.gov.au/info/run/research-and-innovation
    9. 9. The University of Sydney Page 9 Innovation in Higher Education (...closed) Source: http://www.science.gov.au/education/Pages/programmesDirectory.aspx
    10. 10. The University of Sydney Page 11 1. Academic standards 2. Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes 3. Assessment and promotion of student learning 4. Designing learning for the future 5. Employability skills for the future 6. Improving institutional pathways across higher education 7. Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 8. The contemporary PhD No 2: What is Innovation @ HE? Source: http://www.olt.gov.au/grants-and-projects/innovation-and-development
    11. 11. The University of Sydney Page 12 Source: https://sydney.edu.au/education-portfolio/ei/awards/educational_innovation_grants.htm
    12. 12. The University of Sydney Page 13 1. . . . must have a significant impact on students’ learning outcomes 2. . . . should transform the learning experience 3. . . . includes development OR adoption of novel approaches 4. . . . may target development of Sydney graduate qualities, or support career transition into employment/further study 5. . . . not necessarily application, adoption or development of new technologies 6. . . . is not intended to fund educational No 3: What is Innovation @ USyd
    13. 13. The University of Sydney Page 14
    14. 14. The University of Sydney Page 15 No 4: What is Innovation @ CRLI?
    15. 15. The University of Sydney Page 16 A starting point: Design-Based Research • Grounded in theory and research • Implemented in real-world settings • Addressing theory-building and practice innovation • Interactive, participatory • Iterative, flexible • Integrative (mixed methods) Middleton et al, 2008 Also other emerging approaches for producing “principled-practical knowledge” Bereiter, 2014 “A systematic but flexible methodology aimed to improve educational practices … leading to contextually-sensitive design principles and theories.” (Wang & Hannafin, 2005, p.6) Design & Refine Implement & Observe Analyse & Theorise
    16. 16. The University of Sydney Page 17 Bootstrapping approach: Educational innovation & research as “innovation & research” A. Issue-specific innovations Solution of an issue A B. Capacity building innovations: theories, principles, tools, etc. Improvement in how A gets done C. Innovation of innovation: innovation & research methods, techniques, technologies, etc. Improvement of capability to improve A and B Based on: http://www.dougengelbart.org/vision/paradigm-map.html
    17. 17. The University of Sydney Page 18 CRLI: Research knowledge creation as an intrinsic part of practical innovation 1. Innovation → X ← Research @ Australia 2. T&L Innovation ← ? → Research @ Australian HE 3. T&L innovation ← X→ Research @ the University of Sydney 4. T&L Innovation → X ← Research @ CRLI
    18. 18. The University of Sydney Page 19 No 5: What is Innovation @ Learning? Lina Markauskaite Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) University of Sydney Lina.Markauskaite@sydney.edu.au Room 581 @UiO Book available at: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789400743687 Website: https://epistemicfluency.com

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