Innovation is Shaping the Future of Online Learning

October 6, 2016

Online learning has evolved the education sector and it can be taken to a new level through the ever increasing focus on digital innovation. Understanding that innovative ideas do not naturally appear overnight, NashTech encourages and welcomes the chance to bring ideas to life. Most recently this has shown through the co-sponsorship of an innovation competition with Open University (The OU).

Edgar Schein defines culture as “a way of working together toward common goals that have been followed so frequently and so successfully that people don’t even think about trying to do things another way. If a culture has formed, people will autonomously do what they need to do to be successful.” I did ask myself, “could we flick the switch and produce innovation on the spot.” I needn’t worry, innovation is not just part of our culture, it’s part of our DNA.

In a business it is often easy to focus on measure, process and delivery. These are the bread and butter of what we do, but for me it starts with creativity, imagination and empathy. Getting cross functional teams working together brings a different perspective to the fore. The acid test is what happens when there is no process to follow, how will we cope?

I have been excited by our competition with the OU. The opportunity to collaborate not only gives innovative ideas the opportunity to grow but it also brings innovation to the process of innovation itself.

We know more now than we did at the start of this about how to be innovative! 33 teams, made up of 131 people took up the challenge. Observing the teams, I was inspired to see that everyone listens, isn’t afraid to challenge, will pivot their direction as they go or are prepared to throw it in the bin and start again throughout the discovery stage. 

This is testament to our management structure. It is deliberately flat to promote decision making and you see this coming through when you run competitions like this.

Technology has a huge impact on education and has started to transform the way people learn. Online learning, with the boost of technology, has the ability to improve accessibility, increase administrative efficiency, and customise experiences.

All of the ideas presented at the innovation competition were relevant, creative and feasible. Watch this space for the next brilliant idea to change the evolving landscape of the online learning market.

Prizes were awarded to the winning teams by Chris Youles, IT Director at Open University, Mr. Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committees of HCMC and Mr. Trần Phước Anh, Probationary Deputy Director, Assistant Director of External Relation Department of HCMC (MOFA), Department of Foreign Affairs and People’s Committee.

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