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The Disruption of Digital Education

Mike Whitehouse - Member Evolution Executive Director

Traditionally, knowledge was only accessible to a privileged few and it was valued, protected, guarded and used only in controlled environments. Now with the development of the internet and mobile networks ‘Connect Communications’ emerged and has arguably disrupted the market for knowledge more harshly than other industries. The disruption continues and the potential effects on the institutionalised education have not yet been realised. 

Trends of current digital disruption within the education sector

  • eLearning
  • Social Media
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Learning Marketplaces
  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • Serious Gaming
  • In-Time Training
  • Adaptive Learning Technologies

Transformations we can expect

  • Specialised learning pathways leading to increase personalisation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Game Design
  • Enriched Analytics leading to the tracking of individual learning and career pathways

Effects of increased content online

With content being even more accessible via the web, does this mean fewer people will attend workshops and seminars?

This is a reasonable question and requires a far more complex answer that requires further research into the more critical factors influencing the education industry. This also presents interesting opportunities to create solutions that fulfil multiple aims.

Connect Communications acts more like an accelerator than an educator such as a tutor or teacher. Associations need to consider the value, potential and demand for their members as well as more effective ways of achieving economic benefit.

Face-to-face value for students in the ‘New World University’

Universities are the main leaders behind the market for knowledge and thus looking to technology to connect communications and improve the process of educational development and learning phases for students. However, associations use the same principles with their members and should also be utilising digital education in the same way.

Face-to-face value includes:

  • access to collaborative consumption of resources specific to each association
  • regular practical workshops such as hackathons and pitch fests
  • facilitation of cross-pollination in multidisciplinary environments promoting innovation
  • availability to engage with industry mentors

If an organisation was to foster a true culture of innovation and technology within the education space, would that be attractive to international members and a wider community base?

Tailored learning experience through innovative delivery of content

A more personalised learning experience could be available to members through utilising analytics and data, delivering a more intuitive learning experience to the individual member. To do this, the learning phases need to be broken up and addressed:

  • learning objective
  • learning assessment
  • personalised learning experience
  • learning resource

Open source community

The open source community acquires content that becomes a resource which is far more accessible and usable. Open source is a very powerful method allowing collaboration which enables the education learning processes to develop and grow.

Imagine if there was intelligent software that guided you on your chosen learning pathway. The system would tailor the content around what you already knew, the gaps in your knowledge and your depth of understanding without ever having to publish your exam results. Think about the value of the data that could be captured in the software, and consider how this would affect the learning outcomes.  

We haven’t quite reached this yet, but we aren’t too far away.

Enquire today and learn more about Member Evolution Learning Management System (LMS) for Associations, or read more about what eLearning Software will Enhance your Associations Efforts?