Op-ed: Why we should ease up on MOOCs

MOOCs are not the be-all, but they might just be the beginning

innovation-MOOC-disruptiveIt’s rare that I come across opinions on online learning that aren’t either the same thoughts rehashed or opposite ends of the pendulum. And during a recent interview with a “disruption” expert, I think most people are getting MOOCs all wrong.

On the one hand, you have those who say MOOCs are single-handedly changing the entire meaning of education, bringing with its free online content delivery the same education without any of the debilitating costs of a traditional four-year degree.

On the other hand, you have those who say MOOCs are a flash in the pan that can never equal the quality of face-to-face education, and though they’re “nifty” to attend, they’re not granting degrees or helping attendees land careers.…Read More

Can this innovative theory save higher education?

Clayton Christensen argues that theory of disruptive innovation could have solutions for colleges and universities

innovation-christensen-educationWhether or not you believe that higher education in its more traditional model is relevant for the students of tomorrow is moot, since higher education’s model (thanks to student loan debt, college and university debt, rising tuition costs, and a lousy economy) is currently in jeopardy.

A problem, explained Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, that can potentially be solved by looking at his creation, the “disruptive innovation” theory.

In short (you can read a more detailed account here) the disruptive innovation theory “describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.”…Read More