Innovations of Asia are increasingly being associated with a blend of tradition and innovation with countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei working together in creating knowledge based economies. This will be underpinned by two of the most important components of Islam that are the concepts of bid‘ah (innovation) and ijtihad (critical legal thinking in search for answers to new problems). The online module is intended to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussion on the role of Islam in supporting innovation and learning.
Online forums will be used to support the scaffolding of knowledge, understanding and abilities. The teaching style will include video conferencing, discussion forums and activity based learning techniques. The focus of the teaching style will be determined through learning diagnostics, undertaken by students, which will identify learning styles needs. A cooperative learning framework is used as a means of supporting equity for both teaching and learning styles.
‘Islam, Innovation and Learning’ emerged from a deep passion for Islam and learning that has the potential to change lives, communities and ultimately support the intellect of the Ummah for future generations. Our 21st century approach needs to connect with young people in giving the the imagination and passion for learning, which can enable them to hold on to the traditions of Islam but learn crucial skills for innovation and lifelong learning. For example Innovative Islamic pedagogy needs to blend the teaching of 21st century skills that are rooted in innovative thinking, deep comprehension, and superior communication. We will reflect on the need to instil in our students a love for formal and informal learning so they have a realistic way to fulfil their dreams and hopes for the future. Capturing the younger generations imagination and emotion to learn is central to the thinking of this module in exploring Islam, Innovation and learning.