Emerging Opportunites for Business Schools

Technology Leading to New Pedagogies


Resulting from technology, there have been improvements in teaching methods which have opened doors to new pedagogies, improved social learning, and made content more accessible in real time.

Exponential change in technology will, according to John Seely Brown, provide universities and business schools with opportunities to “shift from simply transferring knowledge to students to providing them with access to the latest knowledge via digital platforms, developing their skill sets through mentorship, and then immersing them in situations that encourage them to probe and push the boundaries of current knowledge and practice.”

At their core, business schools bring together learners, faculty and staff, and practitioners to create and share knowledge. Online platforms are enriching face-to-face learning experiences and creating new interactions that would not otherwise be possible because of distance. The cloud, social networks, mobile computing, and big data all enable schools to better serve learners, empowering them to develop a better sense of their own educational path toward the goals they want to achieve.

More than ever before, learning can be personalized to individual learners. Predictive analytics can help students and facilitators track progress, anticipate areas for development, and adapt programs to improve learning. Platforms to support social learning are succeeding in ways that residential programs could not—by facilitating data-driven connections in more fluid ways. Gamification strategies and technologies have made inroads in increasing engagement with learning.

As leading-edge content becomes more accessible via technology, it enables schools to focus more on contextualization, application, and purpose—all of which are increasing in importance as information becomes more readily accessible. Different faculty models will continue to evolve, further highlighting increasing diversity as the dominant factor emerging from the transformation of management education. As opportunities for structural changes in cost arise, new business models will emerge to help business schools compete in changing markets.

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