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Higher Ed Evolution towards the Future

60-180 min keynote presentation or workshop

Your PSE Fast Forward!Higher ed leaders worldwide are surrounded by growing fiscal, political, economic and demographic pressures. Students increasingly expect real-time digital content and supports; lawmakers want expanded access and enhanced student success, while also demanding ever-greater efficiencies and measurable outcomes, even while students arrive less prepared and requiring more supports than ever; and industry seeks more applied research, commercialization and “job-ready” graduates. (And that was all before COVID19!)

In response to these diverse pressures, higher education is evolving in multiple, sometimes paradoxical ways: seeking non-traditional markets and economies of scale, new revenues and partnerships, while enhancing pedagogy and student supports, offering new credentials, and promoting health and wellness on campus. Accelerated, premium-priced programs compete with flexible, self-paced, online alternatives. New technologies like adaptive textbooks, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are transforming large classrooms, while personal engagement, hands-on learning and niche programs move some institutions and students in what appear to be very different directions. Innovation is imperative for all colleges and universities, but the dizzying array of potential trajectories requires cautious, strategic thinking and deep understanding of institutional distinctiveness.

The pace of change in our students, programs, pedagogies, social and political context, and competitors is relentless and exponentially accelerating.

In this dynamic, visual and media-rich keynote, higher education futurist Ken Steele will synthesize global research data, emerging trends and promising practices to offer a “big picture” overview of the full range of innovation that will remake higher education over the next two decades.

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.

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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