Future of Learning
December 10, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Matthew Alex | Beyond Academics
Dr. Tawnya Means | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Summit Stage Recording
About the Speakers
Founder @ Beyond Academic
- 30 plus years in higher ed
- Has architected and designed Ivy League Institutions to the largest Community College systems in the country
- Matthew's journey has taken him from a counselor at University of Illinois Chicago to managing that office to partnership in the top consulting firms.
- Just prior to the pandemic, he launched his Higher Ed consulting firm, Beyond Academics, to help campuses reimagine the academic enterprise through the lens of Future of Work, Future of Learning, and Entrepreneurship.
Tawnya Means, PhD
Assistant Dean & Director, College of Business @ University of Nebraska
- 20 Years in Higher Ed
- Experienced Director of Teaching and Learning centers
- Assistant Dean with a demonstrated history of strategy in the Higher Ed industry.
- Tawnya works in the intersection of technology and pedagogy to create human-centered, experiential, and meaningful learning experiences with impact
When Status Quo Ends...
Fear | Uncomfortable | Incumbents | Loss of Control | Resistance
Opportunities start ...
Reimagine | Transform | Innovation | Empower | Renew
"Campuses have to stop and reflect on their status quo mindset. The shifts coming out of the pandemic will not be unforgiving and will position campuses in the cross hairs of becoming obsolete."
Pandemic Mind Shift:
A mind shift is a change of focus and perception.
Accelerating the fourth industrial revolution at an exponential pace.
Disruption encourages innovation and gives us license to change
Being digital changes how we interact
The solutions of today will lead to the challenges of the future, we need to learn to be adaptable
"If anything, the pandemic has proven that we don’t have to teach in only one way, we can adjust and adapt to fit the changing needs of different students at different times in their lives." - Tawnya Means
Modern Learners are digital natives who expect a frictionless campus experience. They demand a world class learning experience that is accessible no matter where they are. They are socially empowered through information and recognize value through feedback.
Consumer, Customer, Product
Multiple Learning Models (Poly synchronous)
Personalized and On-demand
Return on Investment
Five Value Drivers - Brand | Experience | Specialization | Convenience | Affordability
- How can the traditional campus experience be enhanced or differentiated through the digital experience?
- Can courses be tailored to fit student personality, preferences, and aptitudes?
- How can we lead for our constituents instead of following what others are doing?
- How can we help students understand that majors don't default them to careers but initiates them into a community / domain?
- How can we help students develop the skill of learning to learn, teaching them how to think of thinking, and to incorporate reflection into all that they do?
- How can we help students develop habits of mind through academic rigor that instills career trajectory?
Modern Educators keep pace with the changing landscape of social, cultural, technological, demographic, and economic development. They constantly evolve themselves and have ability to understand the implications of these changes on learning outcomes.
Learning Chemistry (Visual, Auditory, Contextual, Experiential , Speaking)
Reimagining & Unbundling Content
Role of skill development through curricula
Digital Education Marketplace
Academic Rigor Preparation
- Are you focused on Teaching (delivery) vs. Learning (student-centered experiences)?
- How do you balance technology and pedagogy to offer digital learning experiences that differentiate your course and curriculum with the many other options students have?
- Are your courses and majors designed for digital consumption to prepare students for their future?
- What is the relevance of the learning for the workplace (Reputation, Rigor, Resilience)
- Could create an academic path for their career passions
- Had options to learn from anywhere, any time and at their pace
- Found the resources and support they needed through human, artificial intelligence, or a combination as appropriate
- Accessed transcripts, artifacts, portfolios, accolades, and other credentials as needed in a digital wallet
- Had a variety of options for funding educational opportunities (e.g. tuition subsidized by employers, free or low-cost courses and materials, etc.)
- Could create, reuse, and remix stackable Micro-Learning Credentials designed with industry input
- Understood the fundamentals of quality teaching, including Learning Chemistry to determine educational pathways
- Students owning the learning ledger that could be shared with others
- Had support to manage multiple models of teaching to serve the needs of lifelong learners
- Library content and institutional research at the fingertips of students and faculty
10 Needs for Future Learning
Flexibility and agility
Rigorous academic integrity
Appropriately scaled offerings
Intelligent insight into learning
Continuous learning opportunities
Personalized and experiential
Designed around elements of Learning Chemistry
Call to Action
Change is here... Embrace it
What will you do with what you just learned?
Matthew Alex | email@example.com
Tawnya Means | firstname.lastname@example.org