An innovative environment is one that is capable of evolving and adapting as educational practices evolve and change – thus remaining future focused.
A learning environment includes the physical, social, and pedagogical context in which learning occurs. An innovative environment supports strengths-based teaching and learning. It offers students and teachers flexibility, agency, ubiquity, and connectedness.
Working in an innovative learning environment where teaching and learning is collaborative, reflections and inquiries are shared, and communities engaged leads to a more robust, continuously improving community of practice.
In the past the term “Modern Learning Environments” (MLE) was used. “Innovative Learning Environments” (ILE) has greater international recognition, and is used by The Ministry of Education. This is consistent with both international usage and growing discomfort in New Zealand with the term MLE.