The Lab for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (LITL) will be a dedicated space for prototyping next-generation learning experiences. In its focus on pedagogical testing and experimentation, the innovation lab will develop ways to respond to disruptive changes in economies and job markets, learner needs and expectations, and pedagogical practices and technologies. The lab will instantiate Concordia’s commitment to innovation in teaching & learning, seizing an unmistakable opportunity for institutional profile-building.
The LITL project will be transitioned to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and become part of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The lab is now operational and being led by its project manager.
Fast-moving universities are actively creating new ways to engage a broad range of learners who need continuously updated skills and competencies. Nimble non-university providers fill niches and meet demands that universities miss or choose to ignore. A lab approach to teaching and learning innovation addresses the financial, structural, and professional pressures that tend to stifle pedagogical R&D activity within universities.
...you have to have a sprinkling of innovation” in order to provide the organization with a sense of progress ... Sometimes it is about seeing new things happening. Inspiring people.
- Environmental scan
One key to the success has been ‘creating a space for faculty to feel safe to fail...Risk-taking space supported across the board…
- Environmental scan
Convene Advisory Group.
Establish lab mandate and governance structure.
Launch 3 pilot projects.
Devise a funding strategy.
Draft plans for the creation of a dedicated lab space.
Assess pilot projects and recommendations for next steps.
Anne Whitelaw, Interim Provost & VP Academic
Sandra Gabriele, VP Innovation, Teaching and Learning
Remi Arora, Project Manager
Rob Cassidy, Director Centre for Teaching and Learning
Jason Ens, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Laura Cridge, Project Coordinator