Building unique knowledge through large international industry-focused research: An overview of the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project.

Year: 2019

Author: Imms, Wesley

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) is a large ARC Linkage project that is proving innovative in terms research output and industry linkage. It has seventeen industry partners across three continents, ranging in size from large corporations like Microsoft USA, Seedcase Education in USA, Ecophon in Sweden and Telstra Australia, to small but innovative businesses such as Marshall Day acoustics and 'research active' schools. It has utilised international audiences to validate its findings, and has built an unprecedented array of methods of in-time dissemination of its findings.

With seven PhD projects embedded in the project, 8 CIs and three research fellows, across Australia and New Zealand, ILETC is creating and sharing unique knowledge concerning the ways teachers transition from traditional to innovative learning environmnets.

This symposium provides a snapshot of research findings from ILETC, embracing PhD theoretical constructs to data-driven practical tools and styaregies being trailed in schools, to analysis of project management techniques that underpin the project's success. This paper will briefly overview the ILETC project, its scope and critical findings. It will outline the conceptual framework of the study, its focus on teacher activity, and its unparalleled use of significant industry partners from around the world to dig deeply into the role space plays on quality student experiences in schools. In this way, this paper will contextualise the selection of papers described above.