Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE, presentation to QUT 1 April 2011

QUT Vice Chancellor’s Forum 1 April, 2011

Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE

* need for “uncommon thinking” – organizational innovation lags behind technological innovation -current models in education will not meet upcoming challenges

Four major challenges
1. Success is now based on how fast you learn, more than what you know – creation nets (Hagel & Brown) – how to design education for finding people and knowledge
2. What would Google do? – aggregation and “big data”
3. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do – online divergence from traditional university models
4. Longevity is no guarantee of survival  – rate of failure of business is now much more rapid – disruptive innovation now impacting on education (Clayton Christensen)

* analytics and big data drive personalization – can work with “at risk” student cohort – prediction and intervention (e.g. Signals at Purdue University)
* blended learning: combine online and face-to-face in innovative, learning driven ways -can increase student satisfaction and reduce costs
* competency based degrees e.g. Western Governors University
* new models/emerging brands: Smart Thinking, YouTube.edu, Peer 2 Peer University, Khan Academy – now well established: University of Phoenix, Kaplan, DeVry University, Capella University
* online graduate programs: 2tor works with universities e.g. USC, UNC

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About Terry Flew

I am Professor of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. I am the author of New Media: An Introduction, the fourth edition of which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. I am also the author of Understanding Global Media, published by Palgrave in 2007, and The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy, published by Sage in 2012.