This unit (AED5009) 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.

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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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment A critical exploration of key issues in this unit, as negotiated with course co-ordinator 20%
Presentation Presentation (or other as negotiated with the course co-ordinator) 30%
Report A critical analysis of an innovation in a specific educational or organisational setting, or by negotiation. 50%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8,000 words or equivalent.

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