Educause 10: Opening keynote – Gary Hamel, LBS
My notes from the opening keynote with some of my views in  – will blog some more thoughts later.
Online education will not be inferior to f2f education in the future, as traditionally students don’t get much face time with their professors at the moment. [Yes, online education is not inferior, just difference. Not convinced about argument about time with professors]
What about “outsourcing” education – why do we design all our own courses? What about getting “professionals” – could be academics – to do it at scale. Couldn’t this be much more efficient? [er I can see some problems with this! Is this Willets’ “dream” of a national curriculum for HE? What about HE has creativity and engagement not a degree factory]
- dematerialises – undermines the value of physical infrastructure
- disintegrates –splinters organisations, markets and products
- disintermediates – it dislocates activities or renders them obsolete
- democratizes – it gives everyone the chance to create value, production will be distributed
People want to contribute without being paid (open source idea).
Need to harness power of co production.
Top coder model – http://www.topcoder.com/ – of development for course production- top code create code via crowd sourcing
Insurgents who are succeeding eg google, amazon not incumbents Microsoft, walmart. Organisations have to change faster and more deeply
Institutions only tackle deep questions after going through a crisis which is sad [notion of deep change – is this sad? Not convinced perhaps you need that it doesn’t have to be sad.]
Lots of change happens at the margins where you don t challenge fundamental models. All stories of transformational change happen after an organisation has undergone a crisis and a change of senior management. Problem is that organisations don’t enable change from bottom up. Strategic thinking cannot and should not be left to senior management alone.
How change this?
- need to get beyond denial. Stop living in the past. Our organisations built around a central architecture, unlike the web. Don’t miss the future because it is unpredictable but because it is unpalatable this we resist it
- every belief has to be treated as a hypothesis
- seek out the dissidents and critics
- spend time at the bleeding edge
- try to imagine the unimaginable. Businesses assume that technology with supplement not supplant their business model
- leadership teams need real life experience. Got to create options for renewal
Faculty are not owned assets, they are doing work elsewhere.
Should be experimenting more, what about crowd sourcing strategy?
Re-align talent and capital
Enlarging our sense of mission-don’t think what we are doing now is good enough. Often sacrificed sense of mission for complacency in HE [ouch!]