AUI Virtual, (Asean University International) E-Learning on technology disrupting, Disruptive Innovation
Disrupting Class – Customizing Learning — Creating Change For a revolution to take place in education, changes will have to occur that will disrupt the status quo.
According to Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson writers of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, the key to revolutionizing the classroom is not just by adding technology, but rather by the ways that technology will be introduced. They believe that future schools must be student centric. Because students have different types of intelligences, they do not all learn the same way. To serve all students effectively, learning should be both personalized and customized. Under the current system, customizing education is expensive.
Disrupting Class recommends introducing more computer based learning disruptively. “We need to introduce the innovation disruptively–not by using it to compete against the existing paradigm and serve existing customers, but to target those who are not being served — people we call non-consumers. That way, all the new approach has to do is be better than the alternative — which is nothing at all. ” (Christensen, Horn, Edutopia 2008)
How to disrupt
- Change the way you deliver instruction.
First and foremost, students need more effective ways to learn. It’s clear to anyone paying attention that personalized learning is what they want and soon will expect. Everyone learns differently. Higher education can no longer rely on “warehouse learning,” cramming hundreds of students in a room, employing only one teaching style and expecting it to work for everyone.
More students thrive in problem-solving environments in which they can learn and operate according to their own individual style. Online instruction augments classroom learning and offers vast new opportunities to deliver personalized learning.
- Focus on post-graduation.
Students need an education grounded in the real work they’ll be doing after graduation. As an industry, we need to do a better job of listening to the people and companies who will employ our students, whose success depends on our ability to shut our mouths and open our ears. When we engage corporations more deeply, partnerships can be about more than fundraising and naming rights. They lead to more tailored, targeted programs that address the most high-priority needs for employers—and jobs for our students.