Innovation Defined

Posted By mregan on Dec 15, 2019 | 1 comment

Dron (2014) elaborates that organizations need to have innovative culture at the forefront of their enterprise. This means organizations need to have visible initiatives to foster innovative changes within their respective environments. The denotation of innovation according to Merriam-Webster’s (n.d.) can “refer to something new or to a change made to an existing product, idea, or field.” In following Dron’s (2014) notions, organizations such as those with embedded learning environments, need to “build processes and organizational forms that provide space for innovation to occur” (p. 252). Examples of learning innovation may include things or ideas that create a positive change within students’ learning or within the process of instruction. A specific example as told by Dron (2014) can be 3D printers which have allowed innovative learning through the use of technology producing physical learning objects from virtual learning tools. There are many to count, but the key to specific innovations boils down to a positive change in learning or instruction. If one doesn’t have a positive change, how can one call it innovative? Now, a person may have a so-called ‘innovative’ idea. But the idea may turn out to actually have a negative impact to learning or instruction, in this case, I argue that innovation has not taken place despite a change being made. Dron (2014) elaborates in his research that innovators should be weary of disruptive technologies that may do the opposite to innovate. One should have a thorough innovative procedure or policy in which to enact positive learning and instructional changes within their respective learning environments.

Dron, J. (2014). Chapter 9: Innovation and Change: Changing how we Change. In Zawacki-Richter, O. & Anderson, T. (Eds.), Online distance education: Towards a research agenda. Athabasca, AB: AU Press. doi:

Innovation. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from

1 Comment

  1. HI Mark,
    I really liked your post and I fully agree with what you are saying. In order for an innovation to be considered innovative, it must bring about a positive impact. I really like the idea of enacting innovative procedures or policies which can bring about positive learning and instructional changes. How would you suggest doing this? What would you recommend?
    I often wonder if some great ideas have been implemented so quickly that lack of forethought has crippled them before they could bring about positive change.
    – Kerry

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