The education industry is vulnerable to disruption. All education levels (i.e. middle-school to higher education) are vulnerable to disruption. According to Deloitte’s disruptive innovation tool, the education industry is part of the Expand Market Reach pattern of disruption, which connects buyers and sellers located anywhere. This digital connection allows consumers to have more access to producers and suppliers, while also allowing producers and suppliers to reach more consumers to provide a broader range of products.
Geographical barriers no longer stand in the way, thanks to the popularity of online education. Prior to joining the MS-DIM program, I had never taken online courses, so initially, I had my reservations. To my surprise, I’ve become more comfortable with online learning. Unlike myself, some of my classmates do not live in Philadelphia or the surrounding areas, so this is very convenient for them. This disruption is allowing them to participate in a program of their interest without having to physically be present in a classroom. Online learning is also an option for grade-level students.
Digital disruption in education provides more learning options. With the advancement of technology, the education experience can be personalized. Classrooms across the country are currently experimenting with Virtual Reality. Instead of reading about the seven wonders of the world, students can travel to these places with virtual field trips. With the creation of these types of digital technologies, a student’s learning experience can be tailored to their specific needs. There is not much creativity and embellishment with a simple textbook, but learning digital technologies can provide many options.
Obviously, brick-and-mortar educational institutions are costly, aspects such as teachers/faculty and non-teaching staff are required to run such institutions. Disruption in the education industry provides less expensive options to buyers and sellers, or in this case, students and educators. Some people opt out of attending college because of many reasons, such as financial reasons (or duration of program), and would rather pick up a few skills as they work full-time jobs. There are online courses that take less time to complete, are CHEAPER, and still provide the same (or more) valuable skills that a person would learn in a regular school setting.
There once was a time when we had to visit libraries (brick-and-mortar) to complete class assignments. No longer do we have the days where getting a library card is our only option, and having to skim through countless pages of an Encyclopedia. We now have digital libraries, and everything (well, most) is available with just a click of the mouse or a few taps on the keyboard. No need for a passport, students can now backpack across the world without leaving the classroom. Need to pick up a few skills? Lynda can help you with that!