3 Things Higher Education Should Know about Disruptive Innovation

Career College Central Summary:

  • Business administration professor Clayton Christensen expounded on disruptive innovation and the future of higher education in a keynote on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
  • Through comparisons to the smartphone and computing industries, he laid out both the opportunities and threats that disruptive innovation pose to higher education, particularly in the online education arena.
  1. DISRUPTION PRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

    • Products or services that disrupt a market typically target people who don't already consume technology in that market. And that's why disruption is a great opportunity for universities, Christensen said. "You don’t have to make a product that’s better than the best in the market, but rather you have to make a product that is simply better than nothing,” he said.
  2. MODULARIZATION WILL CHANGE THE WAY UNIVERSITIES MAKE MONEY

    • Technology typically follows two paths: closed proprietary or open modular. And higher education is increasingly moving toward the modularization model, which breaks down education into different components and results in the outsourcing of certain functions. Modern-day examples include a shift toward online certificates for chunks of knowledge and standards for these short online courses. ODDS ARE AGAINST
  3. HIGH-END ONLINE CLASSES BEATING TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

    • Universities have at least two choices in delivering education services: Make better services in the traditional education market or provide a service that will reach non-consumers of their traditional services. Christensen is concerned that universities are trying to make online classes that compete with traditional in-person classes, and the odds aren't in their favor to make that happen.

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