I´m Henrik Blomgren. I have been active in this field during several decades now.
On one hand, I am a business person with a PhD in marketing, a MSc in Engineering, and a deep interest in how new digital technology reshape businesses of all kind.
This ought to be obvious if you follow my writings. I often for instance compare education to other industries. I even see education “as an industry”, not only as an activity.
On the other hand, I am also an educator/academic/teacher myself. I am heavily involved in a mix of Executive Training and university education on Master- and PhD-level. During the years I have also been part of creating startups in the field of digital education, and also advice people on it. I’m an Assistant Professor at the department for Management at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
I am deeply involved in this eco-system in practice, at the same time as I analyze it. This could be useful knowledge to have, when you judge what I write about.
Over the years I have done education on all different levels, used many different forms and technologies, and in many different countries. I am also active on different digital platforms, like EdX, Coursera etc. I have done education with everything from highly influential business leaders to undergraduate students at “traditional schools” (What is actually a “school”?).
I have occupied different positions in the business system for education. I have been head of an academic institution, CEO of a commercial training company and head of program development at an NGO called The Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). I have also been an international management consultant utilizing new learning methods on big scale, like thousands of people all over the globe involved. I have been involved in several global consortium in this field, still is. During that road I have participated in huge amount of projects with the intent to manage, develop, deliver as well as analyze education.
I deeply feel that learning, when at best, can be an unusually powerful tool. What could be more important, and cooler, than learning? And I seriously believe that digital tools can, and will, help us al to develop a far better educational system than the system we have at this moment.
I started working with “E-learning” already during the early days of the internet. It did not, at that time, change the Ed-industry as fundamentally as we thought it would. It never really disrupted. But I seriously think that now could be the right time. It will still take some time, but finally I believe that it will. Today, most of us are already digitally connected, we know how to use our connection, and new good digital solutions, and actors, already exist. The situation is way different compared to the early days of the internet. So, why not this time?
You are welcome to share and use this content, but nice if you refer to it. I practice the Fair use doctrine concerning copyright-material. You can reach me via HenbloATkth.se.