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Defining innovation

  • Innovation in education can be defined as a practice or approach that has not previously been implemented in a particular context.
  • Innovation may involve novel digital and none digital tools, but it need not necessarily involve either. (Moore 2020)
  • A practice or tool need not be, entirely novel in the world to be considered an innovation, it may just be the first time that it has been adopted or implemented in that particular setting. This would be a case of diffusion. (Moore 2020)


  • Diffusion of innovations is not a simple as copy and pasting from one location to another. (Moore 2020)
  • Innovations, even if they are in the form of practices that have already been invented or adopted elsewhere, will still be difficult to adopt and implement in areas or communities that are not familiar with them. (Moore 2020)