Unit code: AED5009 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


This unit focuses on innovation and planned change at individual, enterprise and societal levels with a specific emphasis on education in various learning settings, including the workplace and community. It examines values underlying particular innovations and models and strategies for developing, promoting, disseminating and implementing change and factors affecting adoption and institutionalisation. 'Innovation' is synonymous with change and how people and organisations address change is incorporated into the study. The unit includes: the purposes and goals of innovation; theories that inform a culture of innovation; values underpinning change; change and innovation at individual, local, organisational and global levels; strategies for developing innovative education and training practices; professional development models for transformation; strategies for developing communities of inquiry and professional learning teams; case studies of innovation in community learning settings, workplaces and educational and training institutions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing innovation in a range of cultural contexts;
  2. Relate learning theories, principles and practices to innovation;
  3. Identify and critique the values informing innovation;
  4. Analyse and compare models of innovation;
  5. Develop innovation that is flexible and responsive to the experiences of learners;
  6. Collaborate experiences of innovation in a range of contexts; and
  7. Investigate personal and professional needs and strengths in terms of knowledge of innovation.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
A critical exploration of key issues in this unit, as negotiated with course co-ordinator
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Presentation (or other as negotiated with the course co-ordinator)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
A critical analysis of an innovation in a specific educational or organisational setting, or by negotiation.

Required reading

Required texts will be advised by lecturer

As part of a course

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