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GSBGEN 345: Disruptions in Education

This course will explore the contemporary higher education industry, focusing especially on the places where disruptions of all kinds present significant opportunities and challenges for faculty, students, and higher education administrators, as well as for entrepreneurs and the businesses that serve this huge global market. Using a variety of readings and case studies to better understand recent disruptions across the higher education landscape, from outside and inside the academy, both for-profit and non-profit, the course will examine technology in teaching and learning; alternatives to the traditional credential; the impact of for-profit providers; content and the ownership and distribution of knowledge; and tertiary products and platforms that cater to the large student services market. Among the questions the course will consider: What does disruption mean in the context of higher education today? Will online education and distance learning make the classroom and campus less relevant? Can open educational resources reduce the costs of a post-secondary education? What are competency based degrees and how do they challenge the notion of a liberal education? Can an alternative or DIY education ever become the norm? Will badges, certificates, or stackable credentials replace traditional degrees? How can big data and other tools help colleges and universities attract, retain, and graduate more students? What is the impact of digital rights management on knowledge producers and consumers? In what ways do for-profit institutions threaten traditional non-profit colleges and universities? What are the opportunities for international enterprises to challenge American dominance of the higher education market? Students will write two individual memos and complete one group project. Guests will include higher education leaders and practitioners, as well as investors and entrepreneurs leading innovative and disruptive ventures in the higher education space.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Urstein, R. (PI)
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