When people think about disrupters, particularly in the education space, they think of start-ups, or moocs (massive open online courses), or perhaps an LMS (learning management system). They don’t often think of a 125 year old institution that started out as a correspondence school created to train coal miners on safety after a series of unfortunate mining accidents.
Penn Foster has shown that you are never too old to disrupt, by continually evolving into the online and blended learning leader they are today. Through a variety of offerings from their high school, career school and college, they are able to deliver affordable, flexible and career oriented education and training direct to students and also through many partnerships with career schools, youth organizations, quick serve restaurants and industrial companies.
Recently showcased on the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation blog, writer Julia Freeland talks about the path Penn Foster has taken to evolve and continue to disrupt the traditional education model.