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 »

Health Professions Post-Degree Education Moves Deeper Online

The Khan Academy, which dominates K-12 test prep education with high-quality free content, is moving into professional test preparation with the launch of a set of lessons for future nurses.   In this case the Khan Academy’s signature video tutorials (voice over hand drawn graphics) were produced in collaboration with the Jonas Center and the American… Read More »

Nanodegrees: A Better Bridge Between Education and Jobs?

There has been a rapid increase in the number and diversity of high quality skills training courses and programs available from new generation online providers.  While their business models vary, the rapidly improving polish and quality of the user experiences of many of these offerings attest, at least in part, to their ability attract impressive… Read More »

Arizona State and Starbucks in Pathbreaking Educational Benefits Deal

Arizona State University (ASU) is taking a page from the playbook of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). While there seems to be a Starbucks coffee shop on every corner, the U.S. military services are still larger employers of young Americans without a college education. UMUC has grown to be the largest online educational enterprise… Read More »

Authoring and Delivery of Online Lessons Becomes Easy

This summer Microsoft is rolling out an authoring and delivery tool, called Office Mix, that seems likely to drive down the cost of preparing online lessons and tutorials, and of building digital collections for education, decision support and knowledge management.  Office Mix extends Powerpoint 2013 (with the addition of a web camera) to enable users… Read More »

The Digital Gold Rush in Occupational Education and Services

The relatively low cost of developing and deploying occupation-specific digital collections, and related communities and services, has created a digital gold rush.  Content-rich enterprises such universities, professional societies, and publishers of reference works, manuals, and textbooks are moving to convert content to new platforms even as technology companies are rushing to generate and secure content… Read More »

Global Online Higher Ed: Matching Content with Demand

Outside the United States the demand for post-secondary education is at an all-time high. Rapid population growth in Asia, coupled with the need for a increasingly skilled workforce throughout the developing world, has created tremendous demand for high quality technical training and education.   Major vendors  such as Cisco, Microsoft, and SAP have long targeted global… Read More »