Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education

Tools to Help Bring Change in your College or University
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 5.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This course provides the latest expertly curated materials on this topic by a university president focused on disruptive innovation who spent years developing them.

I've tried to curate the "best of the best" of materials in this field including: unbundling universities, unbundling faculty, online education, emerging markets, Base of the Pyramid strategy, Lean Startup for education, Blue Ocean Strategy for education, accreditation, for profits and MOOCs and examining implications for specific markets like faith-based/Christian higher education. I provide a summary of "Cliff's Notes" on each topic in a brief video, and have links to the top videos and bibliography on each topic. While most people will take this course individually, this course is designed to also be used by individuals or as a "flipped classroom" discussion among students or leaders at your institution to discuss these materials after reviewing them.

I am the President of City Vision University where we are bringing radically affordable education through a $2,000 associate's degree and a $5,000 bachelor's degree. I previously co-founded MIT's Internet Telephony Consortium with one of the fathers of the Internet (David Clark) focused on disruption in the telecommunications industry. Before spending the past 20 years living with and serving the poor with disruptive educational technologies, I worked as a consultant to Sprint, venture capitalist and internet startups.

I just finished reading tens of thousands of pages and hundreds of articles and videos as a part of my doctoral dissertation. I have literally put thousands of hours of work into the materials in this course just as if I were publishing a book. I am providing it for free because I want to see change happen in this industry.

My hope is that you could use this course materials to be a change agent to bring innovation to your institution.

You can also find versions of this course on: iTunes University, YouTube and Slideshare.

What are the requirements?

  • Familiarity with education, business or innovation is a plus, but is not required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the latest expertly curated materials on this topic by a university president who spent years developing them
  • Develop a strategy for higher education using key concepts like disruptive innovation, unbundling, Bottom of the Pyramid strategy, lean startup, value innovation, change agent theory and key trends toward higher education strategy
  • Use the material from this course to become a change agent to bring innovation to their institution
  • Use the material from this course in a "flipped classroom" discussion among students or leaders at your institution

What is the target audience?

  • Faculty, staff, students and administration at educational institutions wanting to understand and adapt to the changes to their industry
  • Innovators with an interest in education
  • Anyone that wants to know how to prepare for the economy of the future

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
Course Introduction
09:02
Lecture Slides
7 pages
Section 2: Disruptive Innovation Theory Applied to Higher Education
15:30

The goal of this section is to provide a review of the key concepts of disruptive innovation and apply them to higher education. I will cover the definition of disruptive innovation, sustaining innovations, low-end disruption and new market disruption. I will also provide examples of disruptive innovation in higher education and discuss where in the adoption cycle various aspects of the higher education market are.

Lecture Slides
11 pages
Section 3: Understanding What's Driving Change in Traditional Higher Education
16:15

The goal of this section is to provide an understanding of what's driving change in traditional higher education. It will look at Baumol's cost disease and other underlying factors. I will also use Porter's Five Forces Model to explain why the higher education industry is being radically transformed. I conclude with recommendations of sustaining innovations that traditional higher education institutions can make.

Lecture Slides
11 pages
Section 4: Market Dynamics of Online Education
07:36

The goal of this section is to provide an overview of the basic economics of online education. It will also explain why consolidation is a driving force both in online education and its effect on traditional higher education. I will also examine the for-profit business model, since, for market reasons, most online education follows similar business models. I will conclude in providing recommendations for strategy in online marketing.

Lecture Slides
6 pages
Section 5: Emerging Markets and Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy
19:47

This section looks at the growth of tertiary education in emerging economies as there will be 137 million new students per year in developing countries by 2025. This section presents an overview of Bottom of the Pyramid strategies to serve this new market. Then this section uses Scenario Planning to example a potential future of higher education in 2035 and how to best respond.

Lecture Slides
11 pages
Section 6: Unbundling and Rebundling Strategies in Higher Education
19:54

This section looks at how higher education is being unbundled and new models for rebunding higher education including Western Governors, LinkedIn, Code Academies and Vocational Qualifications.

Lecture Slides
11 pages
Section 7: Unbunding & the Changing Role of Faculty
19:40

This section will use unbundling concepts and Porter's Five Forces model to explain why there has been radical pressure on the faculty market. I will relate this to the larger trend of automation and provide an overview of strategic responses from other industries being automated. I will then present a reimagined role of faculty as faculty-entrepreneurs and provide recommendations for adjusting to these changes.

Lecture Slides
13 pages
Section 8: Lean Startup Methodology for Education
10:31

The Lean Startup is a book by Eric Ries that provides collection of principles learned by startup companies operating in highly uncertain environments. This section applies those principles toward higher education since it faces an increasingly uncertain environment. This section contrasts the typical assessment model and backwards instructional design with the lean startup process.

Lecture Slides
19 pages
Section 9: Demographic and Economic Trend Analysis for Higher Education
07:37

This section looks at key US trends like decreasing high school graduates and increasing minority students as well as the decline of educational spending and growth of entitlement spending. It also looks at the global growth of tertiary education and private education.

Lecture Slides
13 pages
Section 10: Access, the Opportunity Divide & the Race Between Technology and Education
16:47

This section will explain how the access to secondary school was the dominant educational narrative in the past century in respond to the decline of the agricultural economy. I will also explain how the dominant narrative for the 21st century will be access to tertiary education in response to the declining manufacturing economy and increasing automation. I will also examine the data on whether we are winning the race between education and technology and what we need to do to win that race.

Lecture Slides
23 pages
Section 11: Industry Case Study and Media Ecology Lessons for Faculty & Higher Education
23:31

The goal of this section is to provide some helpful industry case studies that might inform the strategy of higher education institutions facing disruption. It starts by looking at how the internet is bifurcating the market into the "best in the world" and "long tail" business models across a variety of industries including: journalism, video, publishing, ideas, course and applies that to the market for credentialing degrees. I then look more in depth at industry case studies of the publishing and journalism market. Then I look at industries that have structural resistance to disruption and implications that has for higher education. Based on this I provide strategic recommendations. I conclude by examining the lessons of what online education can learn from media ecology and provide the case studies of the green revolution and factory farming to explain the need for a new field of media nutrition.

Section 12: Change Agents and Diffusion of Innovation
16:34

The goal of this section is to equip people to be able to use the materials in this course to become change agents to help bring diffusion of innovation to their institution. I will present some of the theory of change agents and diffusion of innovation and provide some tools for change agents. Those taking this course are encouraged to share it with others in their institution through discussion groups and courses.

Lecture Slides
16 pages

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Andrew Sears, University President focused on Disruptive Innovation

I am the President of City Vision University where we are bringing radically affordable education through a $2,000 associate's degree and a $5,000 bachelor's degree. I previously co-founded MIT's Internet Telephony Consortium with one of the fathers of the Internet (David Clark)) focused on disruption in the telecommunications industry. Before spending the past 20 years living with and serving the poor with disruptive educational technologies, I worked as a consultant to Sprint, venture capitalist and internet startups.

I just finished reading tens of thousands of pages and hundreds of articles and videos as a part of my doctoral dissertation. I have literally put thousands of hours into the materials in the course I'm providing on Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education. I am providing it for free because I want to see change happen in this industry.

My approach and graduate education has been interdisciplinary combining technology (Masters in Computer Science from MIT), business strategy and innovation (startup and venture capital experience), policy (Masters in Technology and Policy from MIT) and education (20 years of experience and part of my doctoral work) as well as Theology of Technology (faith-based approach toward media studies).

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