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Harnessing Emerging Disruptive Technologies

Gain a foundational knowledge of emerging disruptive technologies and learn how they are revolutionising industry processes.

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Explore current technology innovation with disruptive and emerging technologies

The world is changing rapidly and technology is the driver.

On this two-week course, you’ll examine the disruptive and emerging technologies accelerating digital development. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to anticipate changes that you can take advantage of across industries.

Examine the ecosystem of emerging technologies and the trajectory of future tech

On this course, you’ll discover the types of emerging disruptive technologies and how they interconnect to form ecosystems within business infrastructure.

This knowledge will help you interpret trends and assess how emerging technology can assist you in creating more efficient business processes.

Explore extended reality technologies and the fundamentals of blockchain development

Core emerging technologies can be used in a range of innovative ways across industries.

You’ll discover how blockchain connects and improves ecosystem strategies and how extended reality is revolutionising technological interactions.

With this understanding, you can assess how to embed emerging technologies into your current structures or how to improve, adapt, and futureproof your processes.

Optimise processes with future technology and stay relevant in the fourth industrial revolution

An understanding of emerging disruptive technologies is crucial to gaining an advantage in business, as sectors race to take advantage of Industry 4.0 technologies.

You’ll learn how emerging technologies are advancing within the context of I4.0 technology and how to integrate them into your current and future strategies before your competitors.

By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of emerging disruptive technologies and how they can be used to improve current processes and anticipate future possibilities in your industry.


  • Week 1

    Week 1: Technology Ecosystems and Blockchain

    • Welcome to Week 1

      Welcome to the short course 'Harnessing Emerging Disruptive Technologies'! Technology is all around us and constantly changing, and it is critical that we have an awareness of what is it and how it might be applied.

    • Technology Ecosystems

      This module explore the idea of technology ecosystems and gives some insights into trends in emerging and disruptive technology around the globe.

    • Blockchain

      This module explores Blockchain as an example of a key emerging and disruptive technology, and applications in the context of smart contracts and NFTs.

    • Looking Ahead to Week 2

      From Blockchain to the Metaverse - What’s next?

  • Week 2

    Week 2: From Blockchain to XR and the Experience Age

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week explore a range of technologies associated with XR (Extended Reality) and the Metaverse and the EX (Experience Age).

    • Metaverse, AR and VR

      Metaverse, AR, VR? What does all this mean? This module looks at extended reality, metaverse, augmented reality and virtuality reality. This type of technology has contributed to us being is the Experience Age!

    • The Experience Age

      What is the Experience Age? This module explore the idea of the Experience Age and looks at what this means for us.

    • Reflecting on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

      In this final module, we think back on key reflections on emerging and disruptive technologies, and look at where to next.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ecosystem of emerging disruptive technologies.
  • Discuss the basic foundations of blockchain and extended reality technologies.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the application of technologies for future change in a range of contexts.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals wanting to understand how emerging and disruptive technologies can optimise processes.

It is also suitable for technology enthusiasts with an interest in emerging technologies and future technological trends.

Who will you learn with?

Anzel is an Innovation Advisor at academyEX. and currently leads the Disruptive Technologies Micro-credential.

Who developed the course?


At academyEX, we are on a mission to make education exactly what you need for the real-world challenges you want to solve. We do it differently so you can make a sustainable, impactful change on the world.

  • Established

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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