At Sydney, we are committed to the continual improvement of the learning experience and exploring ways to be more innovative.
Established in January 2016, the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation aims to provide a focus for the University’s research on learning and innovation. The centre’s co-directors are Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite and Professor Peter Reimann.
Formed from the Computer Supported Learning and Cognition Centre (CoCo) and the Sciences and Technologies of Learning research network, we have strong roots in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, with substantial involvement from the faculties of Engineering and Information Technologies, Science, Health Sciences and Sydney Medical School as well as the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education.
Our aim is to provide a focus for the university’s research on learning and innovation. We connect researchers who are carrying out fundamental and application-oriented research on learning – on learning processes, learning outcomes and all the factors that influence learning, ranging in scale from ‘neurons to neighbourhoods’. We also connect learning researchers to educational innovators – those working within the university and in the external communities that the university serves. And we connect researchers at the University of Sydney with the leading learning researchers and centres around the globe, for intellectual exchange and for understanding better the cultural dimensions of learning.
We see innovation itself as a phenomenon needing much better research. Among other things, we study how people learn to be more innovative, how they learn to create more innovative cultures and spaces, and how learning and innovation become interwoven. Educational activity is often an integral part of broader programs – for example, in community health or workplace safety initiatives. We use examples of such complex interventions as sites for some of our collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
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