Rethinking Education: Innovations in Teaching & Learning
Wednesday, June 1 at 9:15 am
Educators and institutions face demands for change from all sides: students want more flexible and experiential programs, government wants more efficiency and measurable outcomes, and employers want “job-ready” graduates. In the 20th century we applied industrial-age models, resulting in ever-larger classes, multiple-choice exams, online classes, and simplified grading systems. Further upscaling is not an option: the time has come to rethink some of our longstanding assumptions about program structure, learning delivery, textbooks, and student evaluation and credentialing. In this dynamic, media-rich keynote, Ken Steele will synthesize a vast array of up-to-the-moment research data, trends, news and forecasts to provide a radical “big picture” view of the future of education. To be truly student-centred and relevant, our institutions need to address some fundamental and startling questions. Ken will share examples of institutions that have already begun to move in innovative directions, and engage session participants in real-time online polls. (Be sure to bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop!)
Since 2000, more than 25,000 higher education professionals across Canada and the US have come to rely on Ken Steele as a definitive source of breaking news, bright ideas, and strategic thinking about student trends, technological innovation, branding and recruitment marketing. Ken’s unique perspective has been shaped by award-winning careers spanning 3 decades, first as a humanities computing researcher and Shakespeare instructor, then an IT consultant, ad agency creative director, and ultimately a higher education market research analyst and consultant.
Ken co-founded Academica Group, helped design and interpret some of the world’s largest ongoing surveys of postsecondary consumers, conceived the Top Ten daily email newsletter and edited it for the first decade. He has published dozens of white papers and reports on postsecondary students and branding, co-authored Canada’s first book on strategic enrolment management, and now produces a weekly video podcast, Ten with Ken, which explores emerging trends and bright ideas.
Ken has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities, helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, and develop distinctive institutional strategies and brand positions. He provides environmental scans for strategic planning and board retreats, marketing audits of print, online and social media, and facilitation for strategic branding exercises using his proprietary Brand Chemistry™ model.
Ken brings his comprehensive perspective to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year – from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. Ken has become Canada’s most sought-after campus presenter and conference keynoter because he continually synthesizes breaking news, research, data and trends, and delivers dynamic, up-to-date presentations incorporating video and visuals, real-time audience polling, wry humour and insights specific to each audience.