Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

Writing a book takes up a considerable amount of professional and personal time, and the people in a writer’s life take part in the process even though it isn’t their project. Throughout this book, I use a series of movie references, and just like actors who win film awards and continue talking even when the...

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Prologue. How Did a Nice Girl Like You Wind Up Here?

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pp. 1-4

In the fall of 2012, I received a Georgia Institute of Technology email invitation to a town hall meeting about our new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative. I remember being annoyed about the meeting, not because of the topic per se, but because it necessitated the rescheduling of a...

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1. The Rhetoric of Punditry

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pp. 5-19

When the president of one of the most elite universities in the world, a president who also sits on the boards of companies like Google, gives an interview in the New Yorker and declares that he will be spending his sabbatical considering how online education may disrupt the ways that universities...

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2. My Educational Journey: A Brief Interlude

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pp. 20-28

Rarely has my life followed the straight and narrow path, so perhaps I should have expected nothing different from my career in the academy. One of the most prevalent stereotypes in American culture is that of the professor living in an ivory tower; I’ve only heard of such places. Portraying professors as...

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3. Sweet Disruption

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pp. 29-51

Disruptive innovation is a theory of radical, transformative change in business environments. It differs from most business theories by concentrating on the dynamics of the change process when technology catalyzes upheavals in how a business sector is organized. Christensen developed the theory by...

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4. Talking Business in Higher Education

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pp. 52-68

The Innovative University begins with a double entendre. “No one could doubt that US Education Secretary Margaret Spellings meant business.”1 Business, indeed! Here is the lynchpin for so much of the rhetoric surrounding the need for innovation in higher education: business. With a business...

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5. Welders, Not Philosophers

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pp. 69-89

Nowhere is the desire to make universities more responsive to external needs and processes and to overcome internal inertia clearer than in the relationship between education and employability. Critics argue that, except in times of prosperity, students attach importance to a college education only insofar as...

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6. Only the Countable Counts

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pp. 90-102

American students are conditioned from their earliest educational experiences to think about what counts when attempting to assess what is being asked of them: How many points is this question worth? Will there be any extra credit on the exam? How much will this assignment count toward the...

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7. The Superstar Professor

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pp. 103-125

MOOCs are teacher-centered approaches to education because everything is predicated on “delivery of content.” Teaching becomes cinematic performance art. In my experience, there was little room for interaction with students or the fielding of questions in a meaningful, interactive, and ongoing...

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8. The Harvard Mystique

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pp. 126-135

Most discussions about disruptive innovation in higher education are motivated by a move toward the democratization of higher education. The irony is that there is, nevertheless, a curious allegiance to a caste system among institutions. Each class of school is presented as fearful of the security of...

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9. Missionary Creep

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pp. 136-147

One of the more compelling arguments for MOOCs has been the humanitarian benefit. From the beginning, MOOC platform providers and their proponents have touted the idea of free education for all—with what seems a particular nod to the developing world. MOOC instructors would play the...

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Epilogue. Balancing My Parentheses

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pp. 148-162

There is an adage that writing is never finished; it is only due. I frequently bring this up with graduate students who are nearing the end of work on their dissertations. I can tell the time is ripe to let go when they begin to talk about separating from their dissertation in language that mimics that of a...

Notes

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pp. 163-174

Bibliography

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pp. 175-182

Index

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pp. 183-194