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The Course of Innovation: Using Technology to Transform Higher Education

Abstract

With universities under pressure to increase degree production at the same time that endowments are shrinking and cash-strapped state legislatures are cutting public funds, developing technological learning environments would seem to be the type of innovation that would quickly be adopted far and wide, resulting in hundreds or thousands of such environments, instead of just dozens. But this is not the case. Even those colleges that have used technology to successfully transform some of their courses have left most of their other classes alone. This failure has broad implications for the way state and national leaders should think about the pressing challenge of helping more students earn an affordable college degree.

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