Disruptive Technology & Innovation – The role of e-learning in the higher education industry

Improving Higher Education through Disruption by Clayton Christensen

Christensen’s article provides a good example of how disruptive technology is applicable to higher education.  Disruptive technology describes a technology that replaces an established technology by opening new markets.  Also described as disruptive innovation, there are lots of great examples available in the Wikipedia article, here.  The Christensen article has lots of implications for distance education technologies and higher education today.  We are at a point where the technologies of distance education are being used to breach new markets and are transforming life in higher educational institutions, but it still isn’t clear how higher education will evolve in response.


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