In order to prepare students with the skills needed to succeed at university and beyond, schools need to be hubs of innovation.
With the advancements in technology, and the need for our future leaders to have the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running when they begin their professional careers, innovation in education is increasingly important.
Innovation is a term banded around with ease, but what is it exactly? In this post, we’ll look more at innovation in education, and tell you about some of the things happening at The Global College that will ensure our students are ready for the future.
Innovation in education: A definition
Innovation can be defined as making changes to something already established by adding something new. In the education setting, there isn’t one fixed definition of innovation – it comes in many forms.
The key to innovation in education is for leaders and teachers to have an openness to look with fresh eyes at a potential problem, and to find solutions to improve the learning experience. Being innovative shows that we don’t have all the answers, and that learning never stops – we can always improve and try new methods and new ways.
Examples of innovation in education
With the speed at which technology is developing now, there are plenty of examples of innovation in education. Some of these include:
- Project-Based Learning (PBL) – This approach helps students identify a real-world problem and develop a solution for it. Including PBL in lessons can have a big impact on developing a number of vital skills such as creative thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.
- Blended learning – This came about with the explosion of online platforms such a Blackboard and has been adopted by schools and universities worldwide. Blended learning combines online learning with traditional classroom learning. The benefits of such an approach mean students experience both ways of learning – in a physical classroom setting, and a more flexible online setting. The online aspects means they are able to develop and use the tools that they’ll find common in the workplace one they begin their professional careers.
- EdTech – Educational technology (edtech) typically refers to any software, application or service developed to enhance education. Innovative classroom technologies often mirror the innovations outside of education. So, the more students engage with technologies in the classroom, the better prepared they will be to engage with and through technology in the workplace.
- Artificial intelligence – The latest development in education, as in many other sectors, is the use of artificial intelligence (AI). While it is still in its infancy, in the education setting, it is already being used to revolutionise numerous aspects including grading, plagiarism detection, recommending individual learner paths, and more.
How is TGC using innovation?
Having looked at what is innovation in education and some examples, you might be asking ‘what does this have to do with The Global College?’. Here at TGC, we embrace change, innovation, and technological disruption, to ensure our students are best prepared to enter the world of work with the skills necessary to succeed.
Our state-of-the-art campus is designed to encourage collaborative learning, and we use the most advanced technology-based methodologies that help to personalise students’ educational experience and improve their learning outcomes.
Having IE University as a strategic partner, we are able to learn from the very best in innovation and education. One of the aspects we have adopted from our prestigious partner is the idea of liquid learning – a unique evidence-based model pioneered by IE University that personalised and adapts all learning formats, channels and forms of delivery to the profile, circumstances and convenience of the student.
In addition, we receive regular visits from guest speakers and leaders in industry to present to students about the latest updates in various sectors, helping them be aware of the latest trends.
If you’d like to know more about our approach to innovation, contact us to organize a visit to our campus!