July 12, 2017

re:Learning on Video

The Chronicle's re:Learning video series explores the new education landscape with innovators from within and outside academe.

Hosted by Chronicle editors and reporters, the series explores fresh ideas about teaching, policy, racial and economic equity, and technology. Watch as the new CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education talks about ways to ensure that ed tech is an "accelerant to good practice," not just another expense, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Heather Hiles describes the need for entrepreneurs to better understand the students they aim to serve. Other segments feature discussions on the future of MOOCs (now that the hype has faded), the lasting value of experiential learning, and the power of an (organized) road trip to help students discover their passion. The series also includes curated video clips of conference speakers from SXSW EDU and the ASU+GSV Summit, accompanied by commentary from Chronicle reporters. For more on educational innovation, explore The Chronicle’s re:Learning project.

The University of the People charges no tuition and now serves more than 10,000 students. Its founder, Shai Reshef, speaks about the volunteers who have made it a beacon for Syrian refugees, earthquake victims in Haiti, and undocumented students in the United States.

Ithaka is a nonprofit organization focused on technology and academic transformation. We asked Kevin M. Guthrie, its president, and Catharine Bond Hill, managing director of its Ithaka S+R consulting arm, which trends show the most promise and which are most overhyped.

Roadtrip Nation is known for its bright-green RVs that take students on career journeys. Mike Marriner, a founder of the group, describes how it continues to expand its mission to help people prepare for their lives after graduation.

Students today are older, poorer, and more ethnically diverse than ever, but Heather Hiles, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says few investors and entrepreneurs acknowledge that reality.

After stints in the federal government and as Rhode Island’s chief innovation officer, Richard Culatta is now chief executive of the International Society for Technology in Education. He wants the group to help ensure that technology isn’t just an expense but “an accelerant to good practice.”

Five years and 11 million students on, Anant Agarwal, chief executive of the nonprofit organization, says there is still plenty of innovation to come from the venture and its university partners: “We’re just getting started.”

Theories like “design thinking” and “intrinsic motivation” are more than buzzwords, says Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College of Engineering.

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: Peter Capelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how employers have given up on an essential part of the American-labor system: a role in training the next generation of workers.

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California at San Francisco who studies the effects of games and other physical and cognitive challenges, says they can improve memory and multitasking, and even treat attention-deficit disorders.

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: Andrew Ng, a computer scientist and co-founder of Coursera, says innovations in artificial intelligence will both create great wealth and raise ethical challenges if we want not just a wealthier society “but also a fairer society.”

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: Ted Dintersmith, an investor and financer of documentary films, argues that schools should give students relevant skills, not just courses to pad a college application.

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: A founder of the company behind Angry Birds and two others highlight how the Finish way of promoting creativity in the classroom has paid off.  

From the ASU + GSV Summit 2017: Jeremy Bailenson, a professor at Stanford University and founding director of its Virtual Human Interaction Lab, says the technology, in the right circumstances, can be educationally transformative.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, describes the experiential approaches he uses to help people teach themselves.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Sarah E. Lewis, an assistant professor of art history and African-American studies at Harvard University, discusses the relationship between creativity and social justice.

From SXSW EDU 2017: William H. McRaven, a retired admiral in the U.S. Navy who is now chancellor of the University of Texas system, describes the value of a “team of teams” and the role of the university as a home for dissent.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociology professor at Temple University, describes how college costs and financial-aid structures cut out low-income students.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Christopher Emdin, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, urges educators to more fully value students’ life experiences.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Joseph W. Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, discusses how studying music and other arts prepares students for the workplace and conveys American values to the world.

From SXSW EDU 2017: Three college presidents who spoke at SXSW EDU argue that the teaching and learning experiences of such an education are more relevant than ever.