Realizing Change Practical Solutions for Major Reform in Higher Education

Universities have a responsibility to holistically prepare students for ever-evolving, technology-enabled, global contexts and careers. Curricula need to be reformed to provide the great cognitive tools that are necessary to prepare students to make meaningful impact upon graduation. Furthermore, it is imperative to return to first principles in educational system design, as well as integrate new developments in technology and the science of learning. With some universities exploring the use of active learning in classes — often in small seminar formats — student outcomes are beginning to improve. However, in order to respond to growing demand and increased efficiencies, many universities seek to offer their programs to more students through large classes. This begs the question: is it possible to scale the effects of active learning and other demonstrated pedagogical principles to larger student groups, while at the same time reforming the overall structure of university curricula? Now is the time to investigate questions such as: What are the first principles of major educational reform? What systemic changes need to be made to improve learning outcomes for more students at more institutions around the world? How can universities increase connectivity across classes, courses, and disciplines to dramatically improve educational outcomes? Join a moderated panel discussion exploring how some institutions are embracing more effective teaching methods and incorporating these into their pedagogy, curricula, and classes.

Moderator: Michael Horn, Chief Strategy Officer, The Entangled Group

Panelists/Participants: Ben Nelson, CEO, Minerva; Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at SRM University - AP, Amaravati; Mallory Dwinal, Co-founder, Oxford Day Academy