The Future of Higher Education in a Digital World: 12 Useful Articles

Digital Dinosaurs

Will the industry where I spent most of my working life become the next digital dinosaur?

The Economist certainly thinks so. This week’s edition contains a Special Package around the theme of Terminal Degrees

It contains the following hard hitting statement:

If universities were to face the same conditions over the next 10 to 20 years that daily newspapers faced over the last 10 to 20, then revenues would fall by more than half, employment in the industry would drop by nearly 30% and more than 700 institutions would shut their doors.

It is now time to accelerate the debate concerning the future of Higher Education in an increasingly online world.

To assist in this debate, we have pulled together a list of relevant articles that have appeared over the last week or so relating to the future of higher education in an online world and the critically important role of digital technology in enhancing the student learning experience.

In addition to the Terminal Degree link above, the following articles are highly recommended to all who have an interest in this area (Please Note: free registration may be required to access some of the Economist articles):

Higher Education: Creative Destruction

From ‘The Economist’ – A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head.

The Future of Universities: The Digital Degree

Also from ‘The Economist’ – The staid higher-education business is about to experience a welcome earthquake.

Do MOOCs Upend Traditional Business Education?

Interesting research results from Knowledge@Wharton – Free Massively Open Online Courses do not undermine traditional Business Schools. They can complement existing programmes by reaching new audiences, enriching the student experience while providing an opportunity to engage with a wider and more diverse student population.

Teaching business in the digital age

From Emory News Centre – Business education is in the throes of a historic transformation. Changes driven by technological advances and the corresponding demands of business are affecting how students learn, how professors teach, and how schools both organize and market themselves. An interesting case example of how Faculty at Emory’s Goizueta Business School are embracing technology.

How Innovation and the ‘Reimagined’ Classroom Will Change Learning

From Knowledge@Wharton – Higher education is undergoing a revolution. New technologies and new approaches to learning are altering the way educational programs are delivered and are changing the way we learn. But there’s no silver bullet. No single innovative teaching method has become widely promoted or adopted; the traditional lecture hall is still the norm.

The Unfulfilled Promise of Educational Technology

From Harvard – With 50 million public school students in America, technology holds much potential to transform schools, says John Jong-Hyun Kim. So why isn’t it happening?

Social Media and Alumni: How Higher Education Can Always be Socializing

From Hootsuite – Maintaining post-graduation relationships with students has never been easier, but there does need to be a strategy.

$60,000 Online Degree: A Lesson In Digital Business

From Information Week – The title says it all.

MBA Grads May Still Need to Learn the Rules of Social Media

From Mashable – Congratulations, Class of 2014! You navigated your way through accounting and calculus, macroeconomics and marketing — but have you mastered the algorithm necessary to be a “social professional?”

Social professional may sound like an ironic hashtag, but it has come to describe a serious business requirement. Nearly all of the companies surveyed for a 2013 Jobvite report said they used social media in their recruiting. Perhaps more importantly, recruiters are making hiring decisions based on social media. The same Jobvite survey found that 42% of recruiters had reconsidered a candidate (for better or for worse) based on a social profile. Ahead, find a social professional crash course that you shouldn’t venture into the corporate world without having passed.

You may also be interested in the following two posts previous published on the Energise blog:

Digital Darwinism and Digital Dinosaurs

Our recent presentation on this topic.

Is Our Higher Education System Fit For Purpose? (June 2012)

All comments and feedback very welcome.

Take care.

Jim and Vincent



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