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Engaging a New Generation of Learners

The pandemic has reprogrammed a whole generation of learners. The vast adaptation to remote teaching has expanded their expectations for what a classroom and a course can be. What does that shift mean for higher ed in the future? How should it engage prospective and current college students shaped by a once-in-a-century disruption?

To find out, the best-selling author Jeff Selingo and other experts will explore findings of a recent Chronicle survey of high school and college students about how they want technology to influence their learning environment.

In this special 75-minute session, our panelists will examine:

  • How much the pandemic’s shift to remote learning has changed students’ expectations for the classroom, teaching, and online courses.
  • What colleges can do to meet those emerging needs.
  • How institutional leaders can set a strategy to prepare for what students want after the pandemic.

With Support From Adobe

Panelists include:

  • Marc Austin, Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Education Division, George Mason University
  • Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College
  • Amir Dabirian, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, California State University at Fullerton
  • Reginald DesRoches, Provost, Rice University
  • Sebastian Distefano, Global Director of Strategic Development, Higher Education, Adobe
  • Jeff Selingo, Author of Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admission
  • Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College
  • Todd Taylor, Adobe Pedagogical Evangelist and the Eliason Distinguished Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ian Wilhelm, Assistant Managing Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education


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