To Innovate is to introduce new, exciting ideas – so how could innovation ever be a negative? How do we constitute what is innovative? Why is innovation change but change is not innovation? After reviewing the required readings, I felt I didn’t have the answers I was looking for and so I searched and scoured the web looking for what it took to make something innovative. Just because something is new, does not mean that it is innovative. With that being said, it really comes down to the person, industry, tool or technology in regards to whether something is deemed innovative. Innovation needs to be help aid knowledge and make life easier in order to earn it’s namesake, but again this can be very subjective depending on who you ask. We will take the IPad for example, that was a revolutionary innovation, I am able to take a mini computer with me wherever I go – play games, listen to music and check my email on a large screen. But is every new update/version innovative? If you ask me – no; it merely changes a few features and adds on already existing software. If you ask someone running their own business who uses specific Apps now, which they couldn’t before – they would probably disagree with me.

When discussing the world of online learning, it appears we are in a continual state of evolution and with this is the continual advancement of research within the field. At one time, and maybe still, we as people would relish in the changes and continue to ask more questions along the way… but when is enough actually enough? Dron (2014) states that with the change in speed and capacity of technology that “it is becoming apparent that humans, as biological creatures, are not genetically equipped for the same speed of change.” Will this give rise to more problems and issues that we cannot plan for? I personally never think it ends well when I am more reactive, opposed to preventative, so I am merely thinking of the larger population when it comes to innovation. Another great point by Dron (2014) being that technology is changing at lightning speed and we need to react and ask greater research questions, as they are just as pertinent as the technology itself.

I found some great links on the topic if you would like to fall down the innovation rabbit hole:

What makes something innovative?


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.

Goldman, S. et al. (2012). Assessing d.learning: Capturing the journey of becoming a design thinker. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel & L. Leifer (eds). Design thinking research: Understanding innovation. (pp. 13-33). Berlin: Springer.