Academic Programming Post-COVID19

Trends in Higher Ed Programs and Delivery

60-180 min keynote presentation or workshop

Academic Programming Post-COVID19

COVID19 has had a massive impact on the global economy, disrupting entire sectors like travel, hospitality, aerospace, retail, fashion, entertainment, sports, real estate, and the energy sector – while boosting online services, supply chain management, virtual reality and much more. The crisis will accelerate the so-called “fourth industrial revolution,” replacing human labour with robotics and narrow artificial intelligences, increasing the use of biometrics and tracking, touchless interfaces and voice controls.

Higher education sits at the nexus of many of the changes to our economy and society. Enrolments will drop precipitously in some program areas, rise in others, and there will be new demand from students and industry alike for programs to meet emerging needs. New majors, diploma and degree offerings will be gaining popularity, as will alternative models for delivery, from stackable microcredentials and self-paced modules to subscription-based workforce training, work-integrated learning, and competency-based assessments.

In this fast-paced session, Canada’s leading higher ed futurist Ken Steele will share projections for employment and enrolment demand, new developments in short-cycle credentials, and lead your team in discussion of the implications for your own academic offerings, in the near future and years to come.

Ken Steele is Canada’s leading higher education monitor and futurist. He co-founded Academica Group, created the Academica Top Ten, manages Eduvation Inc, co-authored Canada’s first book on enrolment management, publishes a daily email newsbrief the Eduvation Insider, and hosts a weekly webcast, Ten with Ken, that reaches thousands of subscribers on a dozen platforms. Ken brings his unique perspective and insight to a broad range of audiences, from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs.


Ken has been blogging extensively on the COVID19 pandemic. Here are some relevant examples, for a sense of Ken’s approach and as potential pre-reading for participants:

Here are some relevant episodes of 10K, for a sense of Ken’s approach and as potential examples to share with participants in advance:



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