EdUC Session description:
Sunday, July 13
Plenary Session II: The Future of Higher Education
Scott L. Thomas of Claremont Graduate University presented Sunday's plenary address. Scott is professor and dean of CGU's School of Educational Studies and editor in chief of the Journal of Higher Education. Scott discussed how factors such as public concerns about costs, graduates' career readiness, and educational technology are challenging conventional notions about the university's role and purpose in society. Penn State educator Anthony Robinson and Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright joined Scott in a conversation about opportunities to increase awareness of spatial thinking and geospatial technology in this evolving milieu.
Scott Thomas’ keynote focused on higher education at the broad, 30,000 foot levels of higher education (particularly it’s high cost and how to remedy that). Anthony Robinson focused on students and the content that we provide to students, especially via MOOCs. In my remarks I focus on those in the trenches with the students: the instructors, professors, post-docs, even the graduate teaching assistants at colleges and universities worldwide. These remarks may also be useful to instructors at the high school level, preparing students to enter college. These presentation slides include 2 short papers from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Esri Education Team