We were received by Tom Arnett and Alana Dunagan, both research fellows on K-12 and Higher Ed, respectively.
The whole idea of Clayton Christensen Institute is to research on how the theory of disruptive innovation is applied to Education and Healthcare and how to bring new ideas to the mainstream.
The challenges in Education is how to provide good education to more people. Blended learning, in K-12 is unique, as integrate on-line learning, with individual needs. “The model one-size fits does not match today’s need in education”. It will require to redesign the whole instruction model, but eventually some models will succeed becoming a hybrid sustaining innovation model. Yet, full on-line education show the signs of disruptive innovation, as technology is driving substantial changes to the sector and making available, simpler to user, to non-consumer. Eventually, the progress, occurring outside the mainstream, will replace existing technologies. This is precise the theory of disruptive innovation. Both hybrid model and disruptive innovation models serve important needs, but disruptive innovation can be more transformational.
As for Higher Education, there is currently a mismatch on what consumers are expecting from the higher education and what they are really getting. The business model, including value proposition, resources, processes and profit formula is being revisited together with competency and employer based programs and micro credentials. “It is not clear where are we seeing disruptive innovation…”
The Institute is publishing cases, writing papers, doing research and trying to influence good work linked to the theory of disruptive innovation.