Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:10:13 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

The digital disruption

photo by

By
29th-Jul-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Joanna Hughes :
Google the words "digital disruption," and more than a million hits come back. Google it again tomorrow, and the results will likely have multiplied. Why? Because we're living in an age of digital disruption, and its potential is growing bigger by the day.
While this is an exciting time for innovation-minded business leaders in every sector, it's also not for the faint of heart. Wondering whether you've got what it takes to navigate the massive changes ahead? Read on for a closer look at digital disruption, why it matters to students, and how you can prepare to take your place at the forefront of industry disruption.
What is Digital Disruption?
The phrase "digital disruption" may be among the buzziest, but it doesn't mean the same thing to every person. For example, while TechTarget defines it as "the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services," Gartner proposes it to be, "an effect that changes the fundamental expectations and behaviors in a culture, market, industry or process that is caused by, or expressed through, digital capabilities, channels or assets."
Technopedia, meanwhile, distills it to its essence:  "Digital disruption happens when advances in technology change our markets and our societies."
Viewed through this lens, it's easy to see that digital disruption is all around us. From transportation to finance to the media and entertainment. And while the term "disruption" may have negative connotations, the reality is that digital disruption is all about creating opportunities that make the world a better, more livable place.
Digital Disruption and Higher Education
Certainly, today's students need to understand digital disruption because they're tomorrow's workers. But digital disruption is also happening somewhere much closer to home for college students: on campus. And while the education sector may have been slow to the party, it's come on strong in recent years. Proposes I-CIO, "A new wave of tech-driven delivery models is presenting the sector with an opportunity to dramatically enhance the quality of learning - and the results that students and businesses can expect."
Specifically, digital distribution, adaptive learning, virtual teaching, flipped learning, the gamification of education, and online-only courses are a few of the ways digital disruption is transforming higher education.
Preparing for Digital Disruption
We've established that digital disruption is very much happening, and that students are already benefiting it. But how can they position themselves to continue to benefit from it as contributing members of the workforce? These three things can help:
1.    Be curious, open, and ready to pivot.
While we don't know what digital disruption may bring, we do know that change is a matter not of if but when. Nina Waaler, a vice-rector for education in Norway, told GoinGlobal, "[Students need to know] that what they are learning probably will not be current when they are looking for a job." The key to surviving amidst the ambiguity? "Find the mix of factual knowledge and tolls to be open and rigorous at the same time."
2.    Understand and develop the skills you need.
Says Jørgen Ørstrom Møller, an adjunct professor at Singapore Management University and Copenhagen Business School, "Technology opens many windows, but human skills determine how they are used….It is sometimes overlooked that the higher productivity embedded in new technology only blossoms if humans have the skill to manage technology."  
The takeaway? Determining the skills you need-and will need-is paramount. According to Clickz.com, these may include data skills, customer-centricity, and attitude and personality.
3.    Commit to lifelong learning.
This also means that the acquisition of skills can't be limited to the college years-or even to the middle-management years.  Janil Puthucheary, Singapore's senior minister of state for education, recently asked, "How do you cope with the fact that the education you have may not perfectly prepare you for your first, second, third or whatever number of jobs?"
The answer, according to Puthucheary? In a world of so much uncertainty the one thing [people] need to take from their education is adaptability - a need to continually learn, be resilient about that process of losing jobs and become comfortable with change and comfortable with uncertainty."
The digital disruption is here to stay-whether you like it or not. Which begs the question: Why not like it?  Because while the phenomenon represents major opportunities for a breadth and depth of industries, it also represents major opportunities for the people working in them. Sure, you can sit back and watch it happen around you, or you can step up, embrace the disruption, and be a change-maker.
(Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family).

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Groeneveld scores as Netherlands draw 1-1 with Belgium


AP, Brussels :Arnaut Groeneveld celebrated his first start for the Netherlands by scoring a first-half equalizer Tuesday as the Dutch drew 1-1 with neighbor Belgium.The 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Belgium's Club Brugge rounded off a flowing Dutch move in the 27th minute, controlling the ball with his left foot ...

Football »

Brazil's Miranda silences Argentina with last-gasp winner


AFP, Jeddah :Brazil snatched a dramatic 1-0 win over Argentina with an injury-time header from Miranda in their friendly match in front of a sell-out crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.The Inter Milan centre-back was left all alone to thump in a 93rd-minute effort from Neymar's corner when the ...

Editorial »

EC failed to prove its neutrality


WHEN the country is facing a political uncertainty over the polls-time government coupled with the dissatisfactory role of the Election Commission, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said the Election Commission will do everything necessary to hold free and fair elections. Its sound good but the hollowness ...

International »

Irish author Anna Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize


Reuters, London :"Milkman" by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel.Set in an unnamed city during the bloody "Troubles" of Northern Ireland, the "Milkman" tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl's ...

City »

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) leaders covering their months with blackclothes, demanding amendment of 9 Sections of the Digital Security Act as black law in front of Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Affri Selina in three films


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Affri Selina is establishing her position in media slowly day by day. Earlier, she had interest to perform as a model in showbiz but later she became interested to acting. So, now she has full concentration to acting. Yesterday she took part in shooting of a music ...

Cricket »

ICC WC Trophy to arrive in Bangladesh today


ICC World Cup (WC) Trophy will arrive in Bangladesh today as part of its worldwide 'Trophy Tour' ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scheduled to be held in England.The trophy will be visiting Bangladesh's three cities - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram over five days period. It will be displayed ...

Sports »

In this photo provided by the OIS/IOC, Russia's Mariya Kochanova competes in the Women's High Jump at the Athletics Field during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday.


International »

Maldives court rejects Yameen's secret witnesses


AFP, Colombo :The Maldives' top court rejected on Tuesday three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election defeat annulled, in what is likely a major blow to his case.The refusal came as the Supreme Court concluded its hearings, which also saw Yameen ...

Business & Economy »

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies


AFP, San Francisco :Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer at age 65."My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul ...

Entertainment »

Being married to Tom Crusie kept me from being sexually harassed: Nicole Kidman


Nicole Kidman says she had married Tom Cruise for love and tying the knot with the actor inadvertently shielded her from being sexually harassed in Hollywood. The 51-year-old actor, who was married to Cruise for 11 years, said after their divorce in 2001, she had to start looking after herself. ...

Editorial »

Question paper leakage continues: Incompetence is everywhere


QUESTION paper leaks have become epidemic before all public exams, university admission tests, and job recruitment tests during the current administration allegedly by some students and unscrupulous teachers along with office staffs. Detectives in recent times busted dens of criminals involved in the question leakage but the unholy nexus between ...

Football »

US headed to Women's World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica


AP, Frisco :The U.S. women's national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France.The Americans still have to face Canada."Just because we qualified for the World Cup doesn't mean we're going to take our foot off the gas," Alex Morgan said. ...

Cricket »

India ready to unleash 'fearless' Shaw, Pant on Australia


"Fearless" young batting stars Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant will be India's special weapons during their upcoming tour of Australia, according to captain Virat Kohli.Hailing the roles of 18-year-old Shaw and 21-year-old Pant in the two-Test victory over the West Indies, Kohli said they had been given free rein to ...

International »

Saudi Arabia warns against any sanctions over missing Khashoggi case


Reuters, Washington :Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against threats to punish it over last week's disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as European leaders piled on pressure and two more US executives scrapped plans to attend a Saudi investor conference.Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies, ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news