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Sustainability of Innovations

, RMC Research Corporation, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 13, Number 3, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


With the recent flow of funding to support instructional technology and interactive learning environments through the E-Rate, Technology Innovation Challenge Grants (TICG), Technology Literacy Grants, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) grants, and grants from various foundations, there is an increased emphasis on exploring the sustainability of these innovations once the grant funding has ended. The literature on institutionalization, scalability, and sustainability that is explored within this article goes back several decades, but in all cases, the innovation is considered to be sustained within an organization. Although institutions of higher education, educational consortia, and K-12 schools are organizations, grants cannot be considered as organizations. Hence, issues of bringing about systemic change, transforming traditional institutions into learning organizations, scaling the innovations, leveraging funds, forming new partnerships, and spawning new entities to support and sustain valued activities are areas that are ripe for further research.


Sherry, L. (2002). Sustainability of Innovations. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 13(3), 211-238. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 19, 2020 from .


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