What do we need to expect of students and the education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be an economic, social, and personal game changer? From (1) challenging students to bring more purpose, engagement, and tenacity to bear on their learning journeys to (2) exploring how we put innovation and technology use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, data-rich, and high-value education pathways, we’ll share models and vision a future where more striving students succeed.
In this presentation we’ll explore the changing face of education. We’ll unpack issues including the intergenerational mix of teachers and learners; the different pathways learners are taking through and between our institutions; blended, mobile, and game-based learning; digital curriculum, BYOD, and the open-content movement; advanced insight and action analytics; continuing conversations on student non-cognitive factors; and our shared commitment to meaningful human connections. Finally, we’ll explore strategies for engaging these conversations in a thoughtful and inclusive way—avoiding the all-too-common hyperbole while being open to real possibilities for the road ahead.
The Rise of Student Success Scientists: Using Analytics to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong
GPS Systems, FitBit, Amazon, Facebook, iTunes, and eHarmony have changed how we work and play; so much so, that an increasing number of students assume that data and analytics can and should be thoughtfully used to better inform and enable teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. In this presentation, we’ll explore advanced analytics in other industries–especially healthcare. Then we’ll show how similar efforts in education are poised to power the work of a growing group of “student success scientists”—committed teams at institutions (1) striving for deeper and richer insight into student pathways to and through education and (2) carefully developing, deploying, and testing action analytics on the front lines of learning and student services.
The education field is galvanizing around the challenge of helping more students learn well and finish strong. From strategic outreach and support for struggling students to providing greater challenge and richer learning to high performing learners, the innovations abound and the call to action is getting louder. Moreover, there is a greater need for these efforts to impact at scale and to work in and between sectors—e.g., K-12, community college, four-year, graduate, and workforce. This session will draw from the lessons learned from leaders in this work—government, foundation, administrative, faculty, student support, and student leaders—to explore practical strategies and powerful visions of what’s possible as we help more striving students succeed on their education pathways.
Innovative work on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); the flip model and other digital course blends; and personalized, adaptive, and competency-based learning are catalyzing a range of conversations in the education world. This presentation dives into the promise and pitfalls of these and other leading next-gen strategies to improve and expand learning pathways for diverse students.
As we boldly move into the future, we are challenged to create thoughtful frameworks for our continuing inclusion of technology in how we work, play, learn, and contribute as active citizens. This keynote presents a framework for thinking about technology in education, but more so for thinking about education in our “digital democracy.” The presentation begins by exploring the enormous changes and challenges brought on by the digital age, including the the digital divide. We’ll conclude with the presentation of a charge for education institutions in this time of transition to become key community access points for learning about and with technology; and, more important, promote learning beyond technology, especially a stronger emphasis on the Liberal Arts.
The mix of multiple generations teaching and learning together with new techniques and technologies make the provision of modern education a complex process. Indeed, blended learning, mobile devices, gaming, social networking, high-impact presentation technologies, and analytics are bringing new twists and quick turns to our on-ground, online, and blended learning environments. What else is ahead? How much more can we take? How do we retain the human touch? How do we make these learning environments sustainable? Come join the conversation about how we build this new generation of learning together.
Are we ready? Are they ready? How can we come together and get ready? The dramatic demographic, economic, educational, and technological change at hand begs all of these questions. In this presentation we’ll explore each question and have a dialogue about how educators, workforce developers, business leaders, community members, legislators, and even parents and grandparents prepare for the trying transformations in our midst. Next, we’ll examine a set of transcendent learning outcomes–critical, creative, social, and courageous learning–aimed at preparing those we serve to live and learn well in these tumultuous times.
This presentation is based on the four pillars framework to drive positive change in the world of education. Each pillar is vital to support our transformation efforts. From catalyzing conversations across the academic community to inspiring innovations to championing insight—including a focus on analytics, learning outcomes, and evidence-based education—to fostering leadership, we’ll explore why each are important and all matter.
This presentation summarizes the results of a comprehensive national study of teaching excellence award winners that resulted in the best-selling publication, Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence. From what inspired them to become teachers to what core strategies they use to teach content and reach students, this presentation provides faculty with a clear picture of what works in teaching and learning. Listening to the voices of these award-winning faculty promises to be motivational, inspirational, and useful!
This session was drawn from hours of “coffee talks” with my father in his last year and a half, as he fought a battle with small-cell lung cancer. These Folgers-fueled conversations woke me up in more ways than one. When combined with my own experience in working with energizing, inspiring, and thoughtful people over the last 15 years, they crystallized the importance of key cornerstones in living, working, playing, and learning.
This interactive workshop is best suited for smaller groups (i.e., 5 to 40 people).
This dialogue explores some energizing observations on leadership based on work with graduate, regional, national, and international leadership programs and consulting work with hundreds of colleges, corporations, and other agencies. We’ll take the time to talk about the whys and ways of leadership, and present strategies for fostering positive, dynamic, and high-performing organizations in times of great change.
Helping foster learning for a lifetime has become an imperative for today’s instructors and administrators. Research and practice demonstrates that we serve our students best by helping them develop a sort of learning hardiness that empowers them to engage their various challenges within and beyond Higher Education. In this session, participants will explore the attitude, alignment, and action characteristics that have been linked to lifetime learners. In addition, attendees will discuss strategies that foster these characteristics in and out of the classroom.
Service-learning has been a vital part of our dialog about quality teaching and learning. But this is not enough. We must stretch towards new horizons as we explore innovations that will improve the education we provide. For example, service-learning can be used as a formidable strategy for helping institutions of higher education and their students live and learn well in the information age. During this keynote, we’ll explore how educators are making this happen and how you also can take these bold steps into new horizons.
This presentation is designed as a major team building event. Using the life story of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, as a metaphor for appreciating that which is all around, participants engage in an energizing look into the talent on their team. From foodservice employees to faculty to the foundation chair, people make the difference in a college, and this session helps participants take stock of these dazzling diamonds that surround them every day.