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Innovation in Higher Education; Demand-driven or Market-pushed

, , Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


ICT based changes in education have often been related to existing educational theories. However, these theories could not take into account the enormous impact of ICT developments in education and in society as a whole. Ever since the eighties computers appeared in education as learning machines with 'Computer Based Training' as a dominant approach. Since the end of the nineties 'Online Learning' based on multi-user Virtual Learning Environments took over and in the coming years the 'Learning on Demand' approach is emerging due to supporting learning systems where learning objects are dominant. The authors argue that these innovative educational technologies are more and more market driven instead of demand driven. They plea for taking further the theoretical considerations, which take into account upcoming technologies. Not having the final answers, they are searching for ways to recover them. In doing so, studying change processes in ICT implementations in the corporate sector might help to forecast the way in which education might evolve due to technologies.


van der Zanden, A.H.W. & Veen, W. (2004). Innovation in Higher Education; Demand-driven or Market-pushed. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 194-201). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .



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