Business School, Disrupted

Jerry Useem, Hack Educa, Jun 02, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article in the New York Times on the struggles of Harvard Business School, which depends on being elite, is coping with the arrival of online learning, which depends on being egalitarian. The school's response is to create a new type of credential, the Credential of Readiness, or CORe, which students can take online. They have also been dabbling in MOOCs with edX. So what is the risk to Harvard Business School that online learning will render it irrelevant? I'd say it's substantial. Not that elite students will stop needing to establish exclusive connection, which is the primary function of HBS. But that they may begin doing it elsewhere.

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