Phil Long, a veteran strategist in technology and learning, comments on some of the most asked-about challenges for higher education institutions today.
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Interesting article and job title… Chief Innovation Officer.. they quote says the pace of change never seems to slow down… no, it probably doesn’t… although as humans we have quite an impressive capacity to still throw a cog in the change wheels and do what we can to stifle change itself. I make this comment as someone that works in a university. We look at change often from a macro perspective and analyze the external forces… technology, business processes, government policy, etc. But what about at the base level… in the actual organizations… who is it that is driving this change? Often not the people you think. Imagine you have a new idea you want to test out with colleagues… it takes a week to organize a meeting, 3-4 weeks to have the meeting, another few weeks for people to digest and make comments and become acclimatized to that idea… then another 4 weeks until the next meeting where we invite others to discuss… and then discuss a little more… and as we like to do in a university…understand and debate whether it is a good idea… 6-7 months have passed… Is there a point that an organization gets to where it is no longer capable of change…or of moving forward… personally I think so. This is when disruption happens. When the organization stops and change keeps going. At the end of the day, an organization is the sum of its people. If we want to move seamlessly into the future as an organization that is ready for the many forces that are now impacting our world… Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Block Chain… to name just a few… then we need to look at ourselves, as individuals. It’s about each of us starting to change the way we think, how we learn, how we engage with each other…in my humble opinion, universities have lost the ability and capacity to do what they were originally intended to do. But hey, what do I know.