Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation

The Power of Digital Technologies and Skills

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OECD’s Innovation Strategy calls upon all sectors in the economy and society to innovate in order to foster productivity, growth and well-being. Education systems are critically important for innovation through the development of skills that nurture new ideas and technologies. However, whereas digital technologies are profoundly changing the way we work, communicate and enjoy ourselves, the world of education and learning is not yet going through the same technology-driven innovation process as other sectors.

This report served as the background report to the second Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 26-27 September 2016. It discusses the available evidence on innovation in education, the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, the role of digital skills and the role of educational industries in the process of innovation. The report argues for smarter policies, involving all stakeholders, for innovation in education.



The innovation imperative in education

Education is sometimes perceived as a sector which is resistant to change, while at the same time it faces a crisis of productivity and efficiency. Innovation could help improve the quality of education, as well as provide more “bang for the buck” in times of budget pressures and rising demand.This chapter considers what is meant by innovation in the context of the education sector, and how best it can be measured. Using data from international surveys, it finds that education is more innovative in some ways than other sectors and that there has been innovation across all countries, particularly in teaching methods. It considers what skills are needed to encourage innovation more widely in the economy and whether schools and universities are helping students develop those skills. Finally, it looks at national and international strategies covering innovation in education and beyond.


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