As many university students around the world return to classes virtually, parents, students, educators and leaders are questioning the current paradigm of higher education. Which aspects of higher education are successful, and what are the flaws? Where higher education isn't subsidized, is the price worth it? Are we preparing young people for the future, or are they leaving universities with an already outdated mindset? How might we reimagine what learning for young adults around the world might look like? In this salon, we'll discuss these challenges, share new perspectives, offer possible solutions, and seek input from the audience during live Q&A.
Rapelang Rabana is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur. She was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected as a Fast Company Maverick and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum. Rapelang's primary business focus is Rekindle Learning, a leader in results-driven, digital learning experiences. Rekindle Learning empowers people to respond to the changing world of work through strategic learning advisory services and convenient bite-sized learning on mobile. The company enables continuous learning and track learning outcomes. It was founded on the belief that every person should be able to build knowledge and learn, to improve their own life condition and economic prospects.
Matthew Sanders is a Senior Vice President at Western Governor's University. WGU is re-invigorating the promise of higher education by improving quality, expanding access, and tailoring delivery to learner needs through online, competency-based degree programs. WGU has flourished into a national university, serving 155k+ students while receiving numerous accolades and recognition from Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies to #1 NCTQ Teacher Prep Ranking to Center of Excellence for Nursing Education recognition by NLN. The university continues to open doors for learners from all backgrounds who need flexibility and affordability to achieve their education and career goals. WGU’s competency-based academic approach makes it possible by allowing individuals to fit their education into their lives, not the other way around. WGU was founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states and is supported by over 20 major corporations and foundations that believe in WGU’s commitment to producing highly competent graduates.
Gary Bolles is a lecturer and consultant on the future of work, learning, and the organization. He currently serves as Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, leading the organization’s efforts to empower a global community with the mindset and skillset to create an abundant future of work and learning. He is also a partner in the consulting firm Charrette LLC, helping leaders in corporations, HR departments, non-profits, colleges, government agencies, and communities to develop strategies for the future of work and learning. Projects have ranged from a workshop for refugee youth in Amman, Jordan, to advising national initiatives in countries from Brazil to Ethiopia. He was a co-founder of SoCap, the premier conference for impact entrepreneurs. Gary is the author of nine video courses on LinkedIn Learning, totaling over a third of a million students, and a half dozen lectures on Pluralsight.com on technology and impact. He is the former COO of Evolve Software, former VP Marketing for Network Products Corporation, and former editorial director for five technology magazines, including Inter@ctive Week and Yahoo! Internet Life.
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