- ‘innovation’ in the context of e-learning involves a sense that something may be achieved using that technology that otherwise would not or that the outcome is materially improved using e-technology
- one of the great benefits is the opportunity for interactivity - innovation in elearning appears not to be static and monolithic
- innovation by definition in Wikipedia is :"the process that renews something that exists and not, as is commonly assumed, the introduction of something new."
- it's really important that elearning innovation delivers measurable benefits
- there is a question of whether the technology made the difference or whether having the technology facilitated the use of different methods. Innovation is the realisation of the idea, and technology could support that
- innovations in e-learning seem to have shifted the pattern of learning from centralised class room activity to a collaborative yet de-centralised nature
- innovation in elearning is enabling something different or materially better to occur that cannot happen using existing methods
- innovation can be equated with progress, improvement, and with something that is new (in either revolutionary or evolutionary ways).
- innovation has the potential to change things for the better, although this may not always be achieved
- innovation does not necessarily mean something completely new, often it refers to a new use or outcome from an existing (but differently used) method or technology.
"The truth of the matter is that technology is neither the problem nor the solution, it cannot be blamed for what we do with it. It is the way we actively choose to apply it that matters."Small print:
This post draws heavily on the contributions of tutor group members to our discussion forum. However, as that is a private student-only area I have not added names to suggestions above, but have attempted to paraphrase and draw together themes on which there was agreement across participants. Full credit and references will of course be given in any course assignments.