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Why Unbundling Matters: Unpacking Competing Languages of Persuasion

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Paper as part of Digital Learning Research Symposium at Education Studies Association Ireland (ESAI) conference, Cork, April 21st

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Why Unbundling Matters: Unpacking Competing Languages of Persuasion

  1. 1. Why Unbundling Matters: Unpacking Competing Languages of Persuasion Professor Mark Brown, Dr Tom Farrelly & Dr Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl Cork, Ireland 21st April 2017
  2. 2. Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  3. 3. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES Mark Brown, 2016
  4. 4. “Frankly, all the computers and software and Internet connections in the world won’t do much good if young people don’t understand that access to new technology means… access to the new economy” (President Bill Clinton; cited in Cuban, 2001, p.18).
  5. 5. Knowledge Economy Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  6. 6. “Higher education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal...” The President said “…the role of the university in enabling citizens to develop the tools to address the great challenges of our time – global poverty, climate change and sustainability – was vital.
  7. 7. ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for change • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  8. 8. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda In the post-digital era…
  9. 9. • Content • Services • Credential • Clock • Mode • Border
  10. 10. 1. Clock http://www.straighterline.com
  11. 11. 2. Mode
  12. 12. Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation On Campus out of Class Leakage The New Learning Ecology Physical Virtual 2. Mode
  13. 13. Allen, E., & Seaman, J., with Poulin, R., & Taylor Straut, T. (2016). Online report card: Tracking online education in the United States. Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group. 2% 3. Border
  14. 14. (Heinlein, 2015) 71% outside 3. Border
  15. 15. 4. Content
  16. 16. 4. Content
  17. 17. 5. Services
  18. 18. 5. Services
  19. 19. 6. Credential
  20. 20. 6. Credential
  21. 21. 6. Credential https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-12-what-blockchain-means-for-higher-education
  22. 22. Learning is Earning!
  23. 23. The research questions… • What forms of unbundling contribute to better educational outcomes? • What system-level responses to the unbundling movement are most effective? • What methodologies are required to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of unbundling?
  24. 24. Go raibh maith agaibh!

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