When you hear the word innovation, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Innovation does not apply to all change. There are times when change means an addition to software, moving a physical item, or introducing a completely new technology. In my experience, I have found that when people hear the word change, it causes concerns about what is to come. However, sharing the word innovation gives people hope that something better is coming. Innovation and change can, and do, work together, as Dron stipulates, “innovation and change tend to happen at the edges between communities when people are able to shift between systems, communities, and disciplines” (Wenger as cited in Dron, 2014, p. 523). Technology is a common area for both change and innovation as new designs come forward on a regular basis and anyone who works in education needs to aware of the effects (be they large or small) on learners (Dron, 2014, p. 260). Reading about this topic made me wonder, who is responsible for managing the waves of innovation and change that come into the world of education? Who is there to ensure the students have a smooth experience in amongst all the new ideas and tools?
Dron, J. (2014). Chapter 9: Innovation and Change: Changing how we Change. In Zawacki-Richter, O. & T. Anderson (Eds.), Online distance education: Towards a research agenda. Athabasca, AB: AU Press.