Private sector innovations have transformed economic sectors by lowering costs, increasing access, and delivering the personalized, customized, and interactive experiences that consumers have come to expect. While colleges and universities have used technology to streamline back office functions, improve research collaboration, and give teachers new tools to manage their classrooms, they have yet to tap the potential of digital technology and embrace private sector-led innovation to transform learning, dramatically lower costs, or improve overall institutional productivity.
Many of the most promising initiatives with the potential to transform higher education are coming from outside the education establishment. On May 11th, ICW discussed two highly successful examples of innovation in higher education that are helping reshape the sector. We featured two providers of online education: StraighterLine and Western Governors University, both of which offer affordable, career-oriented postsecondary education courses. Armed with new ideas and the power of Internet-based technologies, these “edupreneurs” are willing to challenge the status quo to prove that education can be affordable, reach more people, and enable students to learn faster and at higher levels.
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
- Burck Smith, CEO and Founder, StraighterLine
- Amy Fulton, Chief of Staff, Western Governors University