10 steps to disrupt with distance learning

Leadership in education with the disruptive force of distance learning:

Almost all past initiatives in distance education and the main goal of Institutions providing distance education, were most concerned with parity, which the traditional system would never accept.
To figure out the positioning strategy for the future of mobile technology based distance education, it is helpful to build on the key thoughts developed in the following classics:

1. Eric Hanushek : The Knowledge Capital of Nations
2. W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne : Blue Ocean Strategy:
3. Clayton Christensen :Disruptive Innovation, Disrupting Class, The Innovative University, ; also the Clarendon lectures at Oxford :
Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation – Clarendon Lectures …
https://www.youtube.com › watch
4. Chris Anderson : The Long Tail
5. Bertrand Cesvet: Conversational Capital – How to create stuff that people love to talk about.
6. Lou Carboune : Clued In : How to keep customers coming back again and again: a book on designing Experience
Salient features of disruptive innovation :


Michelle Weise gives an overview of what the term disruptive innovation means and the 6 telltale signs worth noting:
They target people who are nonconsumers or who are underserved by existing products.
The innovation is not as good as existing products, as judged by historical measures of performance.
They’re simpler to use, more convenient or affordable.
There is a technology enabler that can carry the new value proposition upmarket.
The technology is paired with a business model innovation that allows it to be sustainable.
Existing providers are motivated to ignore the new innovation and are not threatened at the outset.
Building on the above is my step by step process in 10 steps for succeeding in distance learning in the future:

A: If a distance learning initiative has to succeed, it must align to the Blue Ocean strategy and Eric Hanushek’s emphasis on skills and competencies that augment economic value. In today’s time, it would mean programs on Learning to learn, learning to think, better decision making, Coding for everybody, Computational Thinking, Tinkering with Raspberry Pi, Making, Bricolage etc. rather than offering lower quality versions of traditional UGC/AICTE qualifications, which are pretty much irrelevant and on way to become obsolete.
B: The knowledge, skills and competencies acquired by the learners should be verified with a system of badges for micro-credentialing, especially in threshold concepts of the domain.
C: The learning access device should be a mobile Smartphone today, Smartwatches tomorrow and wearables like Oculus Rift or Google cardboard in future.
D: The technology enabler is mobile technology, such as mobile Internet, responsive websites, mobile Apps and augmented and virtual reality.
E: The new age Distance learning Institute can be entirely accessible on a mobile phone, with specific mobile Apps and a responsive website. Every lecture can be converted to an App for which the design has been described in another blog.
F: The registration as a student can be done either from Facebook,Google+, Twitter or with an email address. The profile can then be built over time, adding photograph, address, mobile phone number, previous credentials. An optional detailed learner profile on multiple intelligence, learning style can be created, allowing for adaptive and personalised learning.
G: Instead of a few long term programs with extremely limited number of seats in each program,the Institute should offer a large number of shorter programs requiring about a week of learning effort ( the long tail). Learners can transact these modules in sequences that are better aligned to their learning needs. This can be expanded to cover all stages of the life-span, addressing the needs of life-long learners.
H: In future, it will not be the recognition by authorities or the number of stars given by NAAC that will drive learner enrolment, but the quality of the learning experience at the Institute. Hence the significance of designing the learning experience.
Effective and enhanced social learning will be a completely new dimension of this learning experience.
I: To enhance enrolment, mere announcement of the programs will not be enough, and mass media advertising is too diffuse. Use of social media to spread the word is very important. But while social media may provide the means of spreading a message, developing the conversational capital, by creating the eight engines of conversational capital is critical.
J: The organisational structure of the ODLI of the future will be very different from the existing models and will reflect the lean philosophy. Instead of whole time salaried faculty and administrators, all staff will be in the nature of independent contractors who will receive benefits and compensation according to their contributions, with no upper financial limits. This will lead to efficiencies with which the traditional Institutions will not be able to compete.

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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