As online education matures, it must face the challenge of bringing the sensory richness of a physical classroom into the virtual world, rather than just putting lectures online to be viewed in isolation.
On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. This year’s theme was The Transformational CIO: Architecting the Enterprise of the Future. “The enterprise of the future will be very different from the one we know,” wrote the organizers in the event's website. “It will be complex, develop hitherto unforeseen forms, and will have to respond to unforeseen challenges …There will not only be the need to be agile and adapt to changes as they occur, but to be proactive in shaping the next generation enterprise to be ready for the future.”
Revolutions overturn existing power structures.
That reminder, given to CIOs by MIT Sloan professor Erik Brynjolfsson at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium yesterday, made an implicit point clear: we are in the midst of a Big Data revolution. There will be winners, there will be losers, and it will be messy along the way.