CRADLE Seminar Series: Sustainability in teaching and learning innovations

CRADLE Seminar Series: Sustainability in teaching and learning innovations

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Join the forum hosted by CRADLE's Prof. Margaret Bearman followed by an interactive discussion on sustainable innovation in practice

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In Australia, significant resourcing has been directed towards improving university teaching and learning. However, sustaining such innovative improvements can be challenging, particularly when success is difficult to describe or measure.

By considering what sustains and how, institutions can direct future efforts towards innovations that will continue providing value to students and staff after the initial project has completed. In June 2021, we undertook a systematic search of published peer-reviewed literature, using Scopus, yielding 2810 titles. Of these, 14 highly diverse papers were included in the synthesis of the evidence.

Within this literature, innovation and sustainability were conceptualised in a wide variety of ways and studies focussed on different levels of implementation, such as institution, team or artefact. Analysis suggests recurrent themes including: maintaining connection/support between leadership and smaller teams; the need for resourcing or rewards; and the value of visible successes.

Together, the literature underlines the complexity of sustaining innovation and the challenges of research in this area. This forum will take the format of a half hour presentation, followed by an in-depth participant discussion of how sustainable innovation can be conceptualised, researched and implemented in practice.

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Margaret Bearman is a Professor, Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University. Margaret researches higher and professional education with particular interests in assessment, feedback and practice-informed understandings of post-digital learning contexts.

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