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    Designing Alternatives

    Using Design Thinking to make a difference.

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    The ILC exists as a collection of Interactive learning spaces where explorations and innovations in pedagogical excellence can be experienced, examined, and researched. The ILC uses these developmental spaces to provide experiences in both real and virtual environments for those engaged in the teaching/learning experiences.

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    The Maker Movement encourages a shift in learning, helping educators introduce design-thinking, hands-on learning, and inquiry to students as young as five. At Maker Days, students and educators are introduced to Making through small group design challenges that encourage invention, prototyping, and experimenting.

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    The goal of the ILC is to provide appropriate tools and spaces for educators, entrepreneurs, dreamers and thinkers to imagine and explore innovations in teaching and learning.

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    The ILC will engage the UBC community in all aspects of innovative pedagogy, supporting economic growth in the region, and continuing to advance the proven accomplishments of K-20 educators who work and live outside the lower mainland.

Collaborating to imagine the future of education

The University of British Columbia Okanagan educates some of the brightest minds in the world—and now they have a new place to imagine, play and create! The Innovative Learning Centre is bringing together students, educators and industry partners to collaborate and engage in the cycle of learning in order to create new innovations in the world of education. We are challenging the idea of a traditional classroom by exploring how physical and virtual environments can affect and improve learning.

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Welcome to the ILC

  • Innovative Learning Centre at UBCO Director Susan Crichton

    Susan Crichton

    Director, Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

    Director of the Faculty of Education at the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Crichton has taught in rural and urban K-12 schools in British Columbia, California, and Australia. She was a faculty member at University of Calgary in the specialization of Educational Technology. Dr. Crichton’s research focuses on technology enhanced learning and research approaches. She is exploring innovative uses of technology to foster creativity and imagination for educators.

  • Deb Carter

    Research project coordinator, Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

    As research project coordinator at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Deb coordinates events and co-facilitates workshops. As a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan, her design and development research explores the impact of a research-informed professional learning event with educators, professionals and community members as they determine innovative solutions to localized ‘wicked’ problems.


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