The conclusion of Clayton Christensen's book Disrupting Class summarizes the main messages of the book:
- Educational reforms have not addressed the cause of student's inability to learn
- Confronting problems head-on is not effective - disruptive innovation goes around and underneath the system
- All children learn differently, but the current system won't allow us to educate children in cuxtomized ways
- Online networks have the highest potential for change since they create a new modular system of education that facilitates customization.
- The traditional decision making process in schools is centralized and not effective - in this system change and customization are nearly impossible.
- Each school should have one person - and eventually an organization - whose sole job it is to implement online courses. This person needs autonomy and the freedom to bring in online courses and help students access the classes they need.
- Invest in platforms that allow students, parents and teachers to create tutorials for each other. We learn most deeply when we teach others.
- Teacher training should include instruction in building tools for different types of learners and distributing them through user networks as these will be the key to making learning student-centric.
- Struggling students can be helped through user networks to locate a tutor or find suitable content online.
Photo Credit: Model for Online Courses by Guilia Forsythe, 2011