Universities and corporations need to become partners in a necessary change that lets learners access instructional content at the right time, with the right content, in the right amount.
College debt levels in the US are not sustainable. It is time for some new ideas…
Technology in education can be a great tool, but this post by David Wiley of Lumen Learning is a nice reminder that the student’s involvement in their learning path is critical to student engagement.
If we want to really support education in our society, here are 5 BIG ideas.
This was really nice to read this afternoon. The future of education will look dramatically different in a decade (I hope). Teachers have to be at the core of this transformation. Right now they are not.
#innovation in #edtech
I spent time last week judging the final round of Verizon’s Powerful Answers award at their Innovation Center in San Francisco (the shot below is from their main innovation showroom).
Leaders from ten organizations around the world made the cut from just over 6,800 submissions. Finalists came from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas to present their ideas on how to transform education in our society. The winner will receive $1,000,000, 2nd and 3rd place will each receive $250,000 along with each organization gaining extensive support from Verizon’s innovation and technology teams.
The winners will be announced in New York City in January 2015. I’ll share more details on the winning ideas early in January.
When I worked at UPS on their initial E-Commerce team at their HQ in Atlanta, I had drivers all over the country tell me they would never give up their paper delivery records for a computer to record delivery info and capture signatures. Now, I don’t know any that would give up their DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) without a fight.
The same will be said about teachers and textbooks over the next decade. The vast majority of school districts still use paper textbooks. A decade from now the vast majority will use electronic textbooks only, that are always connected to the Internet, at school, at home, and everyplace in between. Paper will be nowhere in sight and be thought of by teachers as UPS drivers think of their old paper delivery records.
The article below from today’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights some of the initial technology changes in the industry as we take the initial steps to move from paper to a technology based education experience that will replace the textbook as we know it.
A change that has the potential to revolutionize the education industry much as the DIAD revolutionized the transportation industry. When we started work on the DIAD our tag line at UPS was “UPS, we run the tightest ship in the shipping business”, when I left after the IPO the tag line was “What can Brown do for you?”
Technology enabled a complete transformation of how UPS thought of itself and its relationship with its customers. The same transformation will revolutionize the education industry. A revolution that has already begun.
- Bring in non-academics from the workplace to improve teaching and learning for nontraditional students.
- Encourage colleges to embrace rather than resist new types of credentials that don’t originate in academe.
- Rebuild the Definition of postsecondary education from the post-traditional learner 0ut.
- Be entrepreneurial, not merely “stewards” of current practices.