April 09, 2019

Webcast and slides: Ken Steele on the future of higher education

Ken Steele of Eduvation.ca spoke about trends, challenges and opportunities in post-secondary education at SFU on March 19 and 20, 2019.

On March 19 and 20, 2019, Ken Steele of Eduvation.ca was at Simon Fraser University for two presentations and a workshop on the future of higher education. This page provides links to the webcast of his public keynote address and the presentation slides from all three sessions.

Teaching & Learning Workshop: Rethinking Higher Education, in the Classroom and Beyond

March 19, 2019 | 9:30–11:30 a.m.

For almost a millennium, lecture halls and libraries have been fundamental to knowledge transmission. For about a century, essays and exams, credit units and grading curves have provided a useful framework to assess student learning. But today’s university students arrive on campus with quite different skills and expectations, ready access to a virtual universe of digital resources, and an eye to the rapidly evolving 21st-century labour market. Universities do a disservice to today’s learners if they try to educate them using medieval or industrial-age models of research, pedagogy, and assessment. In this dynamic workshop, higher ed strategist Ken Steele will share thought-provoking bright ideas and best practices in teaching and assessment, from smart textbooks and cognitive tutors, to active and experiential learning, to gamification and microcredentials as models for formative assessment. Participants will engage in reflection, discussion and brainstorming about teaching and learning practice at SFU, and appropriate, practical innovations to be considered in the short and medium terms. Be sure to bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop so that you can participate in real-time online polls.

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Public Keynote: SFU Fast Forward: The Future of the University

March 19, 2019 | 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Over the next two decades, universities will face intensifying fiscal and political pressures, evolving needs and expectations of diversifying students, increasingly global competition, and a labour market transformed by the fourth industrial revolution. Our institutions, staff, and students will need to be innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking to survive and thrive—and will inevitably need to make tough choices about programs, markets, delivery methods, support services, and ultimately, divergent possible futures. In this fast-paced, interactive and dynamic presentation, higher ed futurist Ken Steele will synthesize emerging trends, data and promising practices from colleges and universities around the world, and share a big picture overview of the full spectrum of innovation that will remake higher education by 2040. Bring your smartphone or tablet, so you can add your voice to real-time polls about the potential future for SFU!

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Presentation: Innovating Academe: Managing Transformational Change on Campus

March 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Over the next two decades, universities will face intensifying fiscal and political pressures, evolving needs and expectations of diversifying students, increasingly global competition, and a labour market transformed by the fourth industrial revolution. Boundaries are dissolving between disciplines and institutions, education and work, the physical and digital worlds. Not only must we as leaders embrace change, but we must unlock the creativity and drive of staff and faculty across the entire campus to produce a sustainable culture of innovation. In this workshop, Ken Steele will share an overview of critical challenges and opportunities ahead, leadership insights, and will challenge us to manage transformational change in a sector that can often be cautious, traditional and risk-averse. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, share your views, and contribute to real-time online polls—so bring along a smartphone, tablet, or laptop!

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