Saturday, February 12, 2011

Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education

I must admit, when I first read this report it put me on edge.

Disrupting College
How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education


No one likes to read that their industry is undergoing substantial and disruptive change. But, as I read the report for a second time I began to see the opportunities. This dovetails very nicely with work that we are doing in our information resource areas at Pepperdine, and if anything, it gives our activities in three areas a greater sense of urgency.

Academic Analytics: the need to build better infrastructure for collecting, organizing, and analyzing structured and unstructured data related to learning outcomes.

Technology and Learning: the need to provide a better integrated experience for learning technologies, opting for a mashup of different cloud, consumer based collaborative technologies as opposed to monolithic, lagging technologies (aka Blackboard).

Key Performance Indicators: in an uncertain economy, seeing trends and proactively planning for disruptive events is far preferable to reacting to them after the fact. We need to make some giant leaps in our ability to quickly analyze and put to use the data in our PeopleSoft applications.

What should your institution be doing to take advantage of the disruptive change that is coming?


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