Sustaining Innovation

My friend, David Jakes, has posted a very useful list of factors that he believes, contribute to the sustainability of an innovation. I’m listing them here, but please head over the the TechLEARNING home of the blogerati, and read

Techlearning blog: How Does Something Become…The Way?:

1. There is a high degree of organizational readiness for the innovation.

2. There are multiple entry points into the innovation that support the effective use by a spectrum of usership.

3. The innovation clearly addresses an instructional need, and solves a problem for the educator, student, or both.

4. The innovation clearly adds value to an instructional process, and extends student learning to a new place that could not be achieved unless the innovation was present.

5. There are visible and tangible results as a result of the innovation. Teachers need to see that the innovation improves what he or she does and makes a difference for student learning.

6. The technology has been taken out of the technology. It’s easy. It’s manageable. It’s understandable. Yea, I can do that. Classic Blackboard (ok..ok, already, Moodle too).

7. The teacher becomes a confident, active, and visible user.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.