Envisioning Disruptive Technologies | Arts and Science ONLINE

Envisioning Disruptive Technologies

Envisioning Disruptive Technologies course image of a futuristic earth map
ENIN 207/3.0

Learners will be introduced to the concept of disruptive technologies and, through the analysis of a number of case examples, will grow to understand the ways in which the accepted orthodoxies and limitations (implicit and explicit) in a given context can be challenged and overcome. Learners will develop an awareness of the social, economic and technical forces at play in supporting or preventing the emergence of disruptive technologies. Learners will then be asked to form teams, choose a target area, and begin to apply their understanding to envisioning and developing disruptive technologies of their own.

Learning Outcomes

After completing ENIN 207, students should be able to:

  1. Articulate a clear and comprehensive definition of the concept of disruptive technology through the analysis of a number of disruptive technology cases;
  2. Describe both the common, and distinctive characteristics of specific disruptive technologies within a range of contexts;
  3. Apply and analyze the social, financial and technological conditions that support or prevent the advent and/or implementation of a disruptive technology;
  4. Assess and enact the power of collaboration, user feedback, and other team approaches to creative ideation and innovation;
  5. Draw connections between the concepts associated with disruptive technologies to envision and evaluate a new disruptive technology; and
  6. Synthesize individual research and visually present original ideas by creating a multimedia digital slide presentation.


This course illustrates the concept of disruptive technology – where the pace of technological progress easily exceeds the rate of performance improvement that customers in a market demand. Real world case studies will highlight the implications of such innovation on the research, design, promotional, and business strategies involved.


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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

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  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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