Category Archives: Trends and Strategies

Identifying Educational Revolutionaries

The ASU/edX creation of the Global Freshman Academy and LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com are landmark events in very different segments of the post-secondary education market. They both reflect a major technology-enabled transition in post-secondary education but which event represents a revolution in post-secondary education? Competency – The long-standing agreement between students and teachers is that… Read More »

The New Calculus of Investment in Post-Secondary Educational Services

In most of the world demand for affordable employment-relevant post-secondary education greatly exceeds supply.   While experts will quibble, this is arguably the case in the United States and Europe and obviously the situation in developing and emerging economies around the world. This long-standing fact is, however, only one-half of an investment thesis.  There is… Read More »

Office Mix is in the Mix

Microsoft is continuing the beta rollout of the online education authoring and delivery platform Office Mix.  As we have discussed previously, Office Mix is an add-in to Microsoft Powerpoint which allows one to develop online lectures and presentations that include video narration, inking for noting and highlighting, inline assessments/surveys, and screen capture demos. Distinguished scientist… Read More »

Content Management Goes to School

By now Content Management Systems (CMS) are well established in most corporate environments — especially those heavily regulated such as transportation, energy, and legal verticals.  Firms whose product is content have also invested heavily in CMS though typically these systems are optimized for rich media management which brings with it special challenges associated with video… Read More »

Disruptive Innovation in Professional Education and Decision Support

Communities and services built on curated digital collections of tutorial-format information are disrupting several “industries” including higher education, continuing education, and professional and occupational publishing (textbooks, reference works, and manuals). A great example is UpToDate.com, which has replaced printed textbooks, reference works, and journal articles in many U.S. teaching hospitals and medical practices. Quoting from… Read More »

Accumulating Evidence of the Value of Collection-Based Services

In a June 12 post I described the digital gold rush in occupational education and services. The evidence continues to accumulate that the most promising approaches are built on: Curated digital collections Online communities of learning and practice; and Incorporating adaptive-learning or search-and-recommend technologies. Traditional information services companies and publishers are leading many of these… Read More »

Six Significant Hurdles (to building value from curated collections)

It seems as though any university, publisher, or professional society should be able create a robust curated collection for education and decision support.  These types of enterprises have most of the right assets and experience. They employ, or have access to, many individuals with directly relevant content knowledge.  They have commercial and organizational experience in… Read More »

Reinventing the University – Thoughts on Where and When

Cover articles of The Economist are always worth reading.  However when the June 28 edition led with “Creative Destruction: Reinventing the University” I was more than a bit interested to read what one of the world’s leading news magazines would say about a topic so close to my own heart.  To be sure, the magazine had… Read More »