PhilaU Explores the Future of Higher Education in Transformation Imperative Finale

What do Zipcar, hacking and the Occupy movement have to do with the future of higher education? Philadelphia University will explore the possibilities in the finale of The Transformation Imperative series on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21.

New Forms of Knowledge Sharing is a two-day event with workshops, discussions and keynote speeches from Robin Chase, founder of popular car-sharing services Zipcar and Buzzcar, and Stanford University’s Banny Banerjee. The series finale will bring an eclectic group of innovative thinkers to campus to discuss how changes in technology and society will create opportunities for new kinds of learning in the future.

The series will feature a lecture and book signing by Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, on Wednesday, March 20 from 8 to 9 p.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Living Room. Stephens, author of Hacking Your Education, stopped attending a traditional school in fifth grade and never looked back. His new book, which lays out a blueprint for earning a rigorous self-taught education, has been reviewed by The New York Times, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR and the Huffington Post. Click here to view Stephens’ TED talk about the ideas presented in his book.

The first 20 students to attend the lecture and book signing will receive a free copy of Stephens’ book. Insomnia cookies will be served at the event.

Chase and Banerjee will highlight day two of The Transformation Imperative event. Chase will give a keynote address entitled “Peers Incorporated, a new model for social innovation,” on Thursday, March 21 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the DEC Center Forum. Chase will explore the role that social networks play in determining the success or failure of many types of ventures. Drawing on her experiences at Zipcar and Buzzcar, Chase will discuss how the lessons she has learned as founder and CEO of those companies can be applied to developing higher education institutions for the 21st century.

Banerjee, director of ChangeLabs at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design,  will give the second keynote of the day from 5 to 6 p.m. in the DEC Center Forum. One of the world’s premier experts in design thinking and teaching innovation, Banerjee will discuss “Driving Innovation in Higher Education,” tackling the issues of how technological disruption will lead to changes in the university format in the coming years and how universities can transform themselves to better meet the needs of students.

Banerjee, Chase, Stephens, Aaron Stoller, assistant director of the North Carolina State University honors program, and an unnamed (by choice) representative of Occupy University will participate in a community-wide workshop on Thursday from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the DEC Center, room 219. Each of the participants will share their diverse views on the future of higher education and the ideal student-centered education model of the future. The discussion will be interactive and the audience is encouraged to engage with the speakers.

Click here to see a full schedule of events and to register to attend. All events are free and open to the public.


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