Educational Technology

May 31, 2013

K-12 Blended Learning and Disruptive Innovation Theory

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Reihan Salam, National Review

Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Heather Staker have a new paper on the coming transformation of K-12 education. Rather than displace traditional modes of instruction, online learning will co-exist with them in the medium-term, particularly for younger students. Online learning will be incorporated in such a way as to extend the viability of the existing business model of K-12 schools, in part because in the earlier grades, there is no non-consuming population that constitutes a potential market for truly disruptive low-cost online learning models, as virtually all children have access to publicly-financed schools. In the higher grades, however, online learning may well prove truly disruptive, e.g., online learning might prove more effective at meeting the needs of students who might otherwise drop out of high school, many of whom would prefer more flexible schedules that allow them to combine education or work or, in some cases, education and child-rearing.

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