Innovation is improving what we do and how we do it.
Innovation comes from thinking outside the box, making mistakes, challenging ideas and from incorporating creativity and being different.
Innovation is a quality improvement strategy (OECD 2014) that measures and encourages development.
In the VET (Vocational Education and Training) Sector, innovation is imperative. It is a process that identifies needs, encourages change, implements assessment of change and evaluates the improvements thus far to plan for further trials of changes and innovation. The sector needs to be flexible enough to embrace innovation, and wise enough to ascertain the multiple benefits gained from this process. The VET Sector collectively needs to establish a unified and flexible vision for the future of all providers committed to adult learning. The whole VET Sector needs to develop an innovative platform that encourages consultation, sharing and change.
Innovation in industry becomes training opportunities.
Innovatively, leaders can spark the interest of staff to develop relevant programs that cater for the learning needs of its workers. Partnerships and collaboration are important. To be leaders in education and innovation, organisations must collaborate. Professionals must not be fearful of sharing ideas, concepts and resources wisely.
Hence, I believe industry and learning innovators float between roles and responsibilities and are open to trying new things and listening to new ideas. A strong leader is an innovator who takes time to connect and listen to staff, to competition and users.
It is essential that an educator is innovative. He or she needs to be open to change and improvement.
If you are interested in more resources check out:
Innovation Unit (ND) 10 ideas for the 21st century education - http://www.innovationunit.org/sites/default/files/10%20Ideas%20for%2021st%20Century%20Education.pdf (PDF file)
OECD (2014) Measuring innovation in education: Australia Country Note - http://www.oecd.org/australia/Measuring-Innovation-in-Education-Australia.pdf (PDF file)
Robinson, L (2009) A summary of diffusion of innovations - http://www.enablingchange.com.au/Summary_Diffusion_Theory.pdf