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Meeting the challenge of change



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  • Meeting the challenge of change:Historical models of transformation and lessons for higher education George Siemens, PhD July 18, 2012 Campus Technology Boston, MA
  • “…incessantly destroying the oldone, incessantly creating a new one…theperennial gale of creative destruction” (Schumpeter, 1942)
  • Perez, 2010
  • Technical EconomicCloud/SaaS Reduced state supportSocial media Increased tuition costsMobiles GlobalizationMulti-media (better Internationalizationbandwidth)End-user control CommercializationOnline learning For-profit growthConstant connectivity Greater competition
  • ViabilityWheels Steam MotionTransportation need Scientific progressEntrepreneurship Metal workers: cylinders
  • Regime transition thesis.. (Freeman, Perez, 1988)
  • Education systems track thearchitecture of information of an era
  • To understand what tomorrow’s education system will look like, wehave to understand the architecture of information today: how is it created how is it shared how is it iterated how is it controlled?
  • Our education system faces information that is:OpenAccessibleDistributedScalableSocialNetworkedSelf-organizedAdaptiveGlobalMultimedia-based
  • Understanding the attributes of your core productsThe infrastructure and supporting systemneeded for developing and shipping CDs andrecords is very different from what is needed fordigital music
  • LegacyContexts can change quickly,the physical instantiation of ideas take longer tochange
  • Why do we wear pants?What was the cost of not adopting pants? Turchin, 2012
  • Where are the hats??
  • Why?Who
  • Robert Krulwich/NPR
  • Electrification of America
  • A network & ecosystem model of change
  • “a thousand threads that lead from thelocomotive to the very beginning of the modernworld” Rosen, 2010
  • The power of an ecosystem
  • October, 2001 Courtesy of Apple
  • April, 2003
  • October, 2005TV shows, music videos(September, 2006, full length movies)
  • January, 2007 Courtesy of Apple
  • Network theory of changeThe integration of services provides the valuefor end users
  • What does this mean to education?
  • Fragmentation of integrated whole
  • When systems are distributed, alternativemodes of integration are needed Stasser-Titus (1985)
  • Challenge then is to create a new integrated whole
  • Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment(The integrator rules)
  • Tightly integrated systems are difficult to sustainComplexity and specialized requires greateropenness
  • Look at today’s MOOCs as stage one in the formation of an ecosystem
  • New economic value points in education
  • Jill: university student
  • Courtesy: Carol Yeager, CMC11
  • Paul: employed, upgrading
  • JulianneSelf-regulated, motivated learner
  • October 8-November 16, 2012
  • gsiemens @ gmail Twitter Skype FB