Lead by Letting Go: Creating a Mosaic of Education
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Slides from my presentation at the 2014 Mazatlan Forum:
“Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives.” I believe we need a mosaic of education: A situation where our best material is available when the student and their organization needs it.

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  • Introduction: Thank you. Chair of the Management Department as we struggle with the idea of a management major. Wrote a book (The Plugged-In Management) looking at how to combine human, technical, and organizational aspects performance. I have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and other educators to talk about the future of work and the role that education can play. Some of what I’ll be talking about comes from a conference earlier this week at IBM Almaden Research Center.
  • I took this opening question
  • And thought about it in the context of my current research and book project and in light of what I’m seeing in industry. It’s not that we’re letting go, it’s more that we may use a lighter touch – as is true in many different fields. Pros rarely take a “death grip” – instead, they lightly control. And the data supports this – especially as we integrate technologies into how we do our work.
  • Loosening your grip on...boundaries around limited traditional degrees, and instead build systems that focus on lifelong learning moments....walls will let us engage with the world rather than a bounded geographical area...ideas around "our" faculty will let us engage our students with the best faculty for the topic, and let our faculty present their best topics to more students...traditional degrees enables us to take a mosaic view of education, rather than a lumpy view (I wish I could remember who said that we should treat education the way we treat fitness -- no one would ever think it was a good idea to spend two/four years getting fit, and then think they were finished). Where we often talk about “educating the whole person,” I’d like to adjust that to be “educating the whole person their whole life.”
  • It’s as if we thought students “flatlined” after their “terminal” degree.
  • I think the students have figured this out. This looser model fits what we can see from thisGoogle Trend chart looking at searches for the terms MBA and Coursera (leading on-line education platform founded by two Stanford University Faculty – This week Coursera hired the past president of Yale University as it’s new CEO.
  • I believe we need a mosaic of education: A situation where our best material is available when the student and their organizations need it. Not in lumpy degrees, not restricted to the students in our locale, not just inside our walls, and not separately from our organizational partners.
  • Less white space, and more matching of needs to timing of the topic.
  • Loosen your grip on… traditional degrees, and instead build systems that focus on lifelong learning moments.…students to create efficiencies around courses and faculty…walls to engage with the world rather than a bounded geographical area......ideas around "our" faculty to build courses with the best faculty for the topic, and let our faculty present their best topics to more students..assessments to co-create real world valueWhere we often talk about “educating the whole person,” I’d like to adjust that to be “educating the whole person their whole life.”
  • I don’t know the answer, but I do know it will be a combination of human, technical, and organizational dimensions… and it will come from events like the one we are having here.

Lead by Letting Go: Creating a Mosaic of Education Lead by Letting Go: Creating a Mosaic of Education Presentation Transcript

  • Lead By Letting Go Create a Mosaic of Education Prof. Terri L. Griffith Chair, Management Department Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University
  • Framing Question “What needs to happen in order for educational institutions to become centers for innovation?”
  • Lead Like a Pro How Great Executives, Team Leads, Equestrians, Golfers, Dancers, and You Do More With a Lighter Touch View slide
  • Loosen Our Grip On: Traditional Degrees Our Students Our Campus Walls Our Faculty Our Assessments View slide
  • We Have Too Much “White Space” Duplicating Effort Not Meeting Student or Organizational Needs Loosen Our Grip on “Our” Students
  • Current Situation (Traditional Degrees) It’s as if students “flatlined” after their “terminal” degree.
  • Loosen Our Grip on Traditional Degrees Focus on Lifelong Learning Moments Where Courses Are Taken When Needed
  • Serve the people that fit in this building Or serve the world?
  • By Being Here, We’ve Already Loosened Our Grip on Our University Walls
  • Loosen Our Grip On the Idea of One Course, One Faculty How Can My Single Perspective on Each of the Required Topics Be the Best?
  • Each of Us Teaching Our Best Topics Loosening Our Grip on “Our” Faculty
  • Assessment by Faculty or Assessment by Organizations? High Fidelity Simulations, Organizational Projects versus Academic Tests?
  • KNOD/IBM Project Learning Experience Malaysia Kenya UK Computer Science Engineering Journalism 2.5 Years – 100% Employment – USD $10K
  • Framing Question “What needs to happen in order for educational institutions to become centers for innovation?”
  • Less “White Space” More Opportunity for Focused Electives Greater Service to Student and Organizational Needs
  • Mosaics of The Best Course Modules Taught By The Best on the Topic Open to the World In Forms that Fit Real World Learning Moments & Job Needs
  • Loosen Our Grip On: Traditional Degrees – Lifelong Learning Our Students – Efficiencies Our Campus Walls – Reach Our Faculty – Best Faculty/Topic Our Assessments – Value
  • Additional Framing Question If we innovate away from traditional degrees, how do we co-create value with hiring organizations?