Chris Dede: Disrupting the Traditional Classroom
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Chris Dede: Disrupting the Traditional Classroom

– My colleague at the
Harvard Business School, Clay Christensen talks about disruptive innovation. And in business there’s lots of examples of something like micro-computers starting at the fringes competing not against the mainframes and the mini-computers but against people who couldn’t afford one of those. And then eventually becoming so powerful that they put the
mini-computers out of business and Clay wrote a book called “Disrupting Class” that centers on the same kind of argument for education that online education is going to be a kind
of disruptive innovation that’s going to put
schooling out of business. I don’t agree with the book, but i think the argument
is a very interesting one and Clay and I have talked about it and really the disruptive innovation is customization to individual needs. That’s the disruptive
innovation that finally we can accomplish with
the help of technology. It starts online because
online learning is right now what’s competing against nothing and it gets more powerful in the way that micro computers got more powerful and then eventually, hopefully it starts to penetrate into schooling where we see schooling that’s based around customization instead
of around the kind of mass production that came out of the industrial model. it’s a vision that’s
been around for a while. I think that only now do
we have all the pieces we need to put that elephant together. This could be a Berlin
Wall kind of situation in terms of how long it will take, because the minute that
there is an alternative available that has clearly superior, not just a little bit better,
but clearly superior outcomes, parents will rise up and
say “I want my kid going to that”.

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2 thoughts on “Chris Dede: Disrupting the Traditional Classroom

  1. Personal computers and video recorders have been around for 3 decades!!!
    What are we waiting for? Teachers don't want it as it threatens jobs.
    Just like teachers threaten U.S. jobs by not preparing graduates for the global economy workforce.
    We can send men to the Moon, create atomic energy and stealth tech. Why can't we improve education.
    Knowledge is cheap, education is knowledge.
    Will schools understand education is learning, not teaching. Teachers must support learners not the reverse.

  2. Online learning resources have been anemic. Why is education so expensive when knowledge is so cheap. It has been held artificially expensive by educators protecting their jobs.
    We have high tech entertainment and communication equipment like cell phones, video games and tablets that are treated as distractions instead of opportunities because schools protect jobs.
    Our comparisons with other countries are at 8th grade! We have 4 more years to slip.

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