What high tech can learn from low tech
Quote “High-tech companies have always focused on product innovation, and the economics of producing and selling technology in a high-demand environment enabled them to increase the value of their output for a given amount of labor, capital, and purchased goods and services. Now they must put a similar effort into delivering the same or greater output with fewer inputs and developing innovative operational processes, not just products and services.”
Comment: An excellent point made in this article: innovation needs to happen without the addition of significant external resources…rather through effective utilization of existing resources. Higher education (and many corporate training departments) will not be a long term player in the online learning market without this realization. Too many online projects are “special initiatives”. If it costs us $10 000 to move a course online, how will an entire institution be able to move all of its programs online (with hundreds of courses)?
We need to move resources online as we go about developing our regular classroom resources. The problem with technology integration is that we first separate it from learning…and then complain that we are having difficulty with integration. Blended learning is the abused term of this year, but it has value…develop and build online and classroom simultaneously by attending to the strengths of each for the intended learning task. The unique constraints of one will strengthen the other.