My attraction to documenting what might be the greatest revolution in the history of mankind, of which we are witnessing just the beginning right now, manifests as a tingling sensation when I see archaic, and even abusive, systems topple in the face of the power of man-machine symbiosis. That is, the connection between technology and human innovation. Taking on the documentation of this unraveling is certainly overwhelming, as it reaches into every aspect of our lives – in how we administer healthcare, explore love, catalyze political change, share media, create entertainment, and transform transportation.
However, one of the most exciting areas of disruption is occurring in the field of education. If you’re a parent or a teacher, you’re certainly painfully aware that the agrarian education system of cannot compete with the Ipad, mainly because of the ability that games have to track the progress of the user and present them with new challenges and rewards, sustaining the user’s attention and interest. This isn’t just a problem in K-12, community colleges, with their limited funding and lack of motivated teachers, can’t provide the attention to detail and personalization that an online course can, for a myriad of reasons. First, they aren’t tailored to the student. Secondly, they dictate to the student when and where to learn – and often there aren’t even enough seats for the demand. MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) NEEDS STAT. Once MOOCs achieve the ability to give accreditation for completed courses, the disruption of education through technology will transform our entire economy.
At A TOTAL DISRUPTION, we will create a series on the Disruption of Education to track the innovation happening across all aspects of the field, and the pushback from the established vendors. Here’s a taste, featuring 20 Million Minds Foundation’s Dean Florez and Dr. Gary Michaelson, Blackboard’s Michael Chasen, MIT Media Lab’s Joichi Ito, and even Tony Hsieh and Jack Dorsey talking about their personal frustration with traditional education experience.