Beyond Academics asks to hear your thoughts, comments, and opinions on the topics we’ve covered throughout the week. Let’s keep the conversation about Higher Education going.
The FutureX Podcast
Tune in to the second episode of The FutureX Podcast. In this episode, host Joe Abraham interviews Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education.”
What Higher Ed’s role is in preparing students for the future of work? What does the future of learning look like? What role does an entrepreneurial mindset play in Higher Ed? How does the word “consensus” fit into times of existential change?
As always, sound off in the comments or send us an email. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
“4 Steps To Turn Makeshift Digital Transformation Into Long-Term Success” by Tomoko Yokoi for Forbes
This week, Forbes posted an excellent article on how to turn your quick digital response to COVID into long term success.
BA Bold Thoughts:
Institutions need to take these steps:
- Empower a well-funded team focused on digital transformation. This will shorten the decision cycle and cut through bureaucracy.
- Set up a process to capture great ideas from within your institution as well as from your students, alumni, and the local community.
- Create a “Rapid Test and Learn” environment. The mantra “fail fast and fail often” can waste precious time and resources when the life of your institution may be at stake. It is better to create a “test-and-learn” environment that supports hypothesis-driven experiments and tests, coupled with a rapid turnaround of the results.
- Think about how your short-term response will support you over a long period of time. Ask questions like: “Is the short-term solution flexible enough to accommodate changes in an evolving technical environment?” “What is the purpose of our overall digital transformation?”
“3 Biggest Reasons Why a Company’s Digital Transformation Fails” by Mike Stahnke for The Next Web
This article compliments the above article from Forbes. When transforming to digital, here are some things you should avoid doing.
BA Bold Thoughts:
- Digital has a connotation of being cold, unfeeling, and not human, but it’s 2020 and that’s not the case.
- Digital culture is more important than the technicalities of learning online. You have to create campus affinity.
- Higher education must be willing to make the necessary changes to truly adapt and transform. Ingrained traditions cannot stand in the way of making a successful digital shift.
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