Ten Common Myths about Educational Innovations

As we read articles or attend conferences about educational innovation, we find sayings loaded with assumptions which may have been circulating for years without being further examined. Let me start with my top ten list, as an instructional designer and educational technologist, and I hope this can sparkle some thoughts about similar myths you might have heard.

1.     “Pedagogy/Technology drives innovation.”  In the United States, there is often a “cart pulling the horse” versus “the horse pulling the cart” discussion when it comes to the driving force for educational innovation. Namely, is education driving an innovation?  Or is information technology driving innovation, disregarding or even at the cost of educational needs?  Such binary discussion creates unnecessary confrontations, turning stakeholders blind to the more complex dynamics of change. A need for innovation may arise from a technological breakthrough, a particular need in teaching, or both! The cultural divide between teachers and technologists comes from the lack of empathy, which results in poor communication of intentions. The solution is to build rapport with those working in other functions, which will overcome various differences in thinking or methodology.

Originally published with Wise Ed Review.  Read more here

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