The Centre

Engage to create change

Few would debate that teaching practices and learning environments need to evolve in order to equip students with the 21st century skills necessary to be successful in today’s workplace. The days of creating factory-style workers have been replaced by a demand for innovation and creative thinking. Learning environments have had little time to adapt, but now is the time for change. Educators are being challenged to find ways to improve student engagement and integrate relevant technology into the classroom. Yet, there are few examples of successful implementation, and learning environments continue to be structured in the same way. In order to make progress, we need to engage in the process.

Mandate

The ILC exists as:
• Interactive learning lab spaces where explorations and innovations in pedagogical excellence can be experienced, examined, and researched
• Developmental space at the intersection of research and practice that provides both participatory and observatory experiences in both real and virtual environments to those teaching and learning in this space
• A locus from which to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge exchanges

Scope

The ILC recognizes that:
• Its unique position embraces both the potential and promise for contributing to a place of mind on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia
• Canada’s place in the global knowledge economy rests substantially on the ability of education, industry and research institutions to inquire into and grapple with new ways of engaging learners in discovery, innovation, scholarship and community engagement
• A locus from which to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge exchanges

What we plan to do

How we plan to do it

Physical Space

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has built an interactive, engaging space equipped with the latest technology and flexible work stations in an attempt to incubate creative and innovative best practices.

Fostering Collaboration

The Innovative Learning Centre is an incredible resource for industry partners who are looking for the ideal environment to test out products targeting the educational sector. With ready access to collaborate with educators and students, industry will get immediate feedback and a forum to explore key research questions.