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EdUp Edge are conversations about Higher Education for professionals in the sector.
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EdUp Edge (Australia‪)‬ Warren Kennard

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EdUp Edge are conversations about Higher Education for professionals in the sector.
Learn, be inspired and meet brilliant people doing extraordinary work in the broadly defined education ecosystem.

Plug in and join a community of leading minds intent on realising meaningful reform in the sector they know and love.

Part of the EdUp Experience Podcast Network where We Make Education Your Business!

    17: The reset button | with Seema Mishra

    17: The reset button | with Seema Mishra

    Today I speak with Seema Mishra, Founder & Principal at Education Management Consultants (EdMC).
    I've met Seema on a number of occasions and I find her to be super articulate, delightfully smart and deeply grounded in what it means to be a good human.
    Well educated at LSE where she completed her MSc in culture and society, and with a firm grounding from the University of Chicago where she completed her undergrad. work in South Asian studies, Seema set out to address inequality and build a better society even from the tender age of 11 years old.
    Seema has held senior roles at Laureate Education, at Northeastern University and at Entangled Solutions (now Guild Education) before setting off to start her own adventure with EdMC.
    I'll let our conversation fill in the blanks in my introduction, but I will say that Seema is a big picture thinker, she is extraordinarily thoughtful and reasoned, and she has many commendable characteristics that give her an authoritative voice - one well worth listening to.
    Seema and I speak about:

    The importance of having a global vantage point
    The role of technology and lifelong learning
    Global work and learning
    What is means to be human 
    Empathy, kindness and the power of conversation
    The business of education
    Knowing your market
    Education's expansion into global markets
    The great enabler that is technology
    The need for collaboration, and
    A necessary move toward competency based education

    Covid related challenges saw us experiencing several audio hiccups, but I didn't feel that it distracts in any meaningful way from the importance of the topics we cover - that said, I apologise for the less than perfect audio quality.
    With that, I bring you, Seema Mishra.
    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.
    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio
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    • 43 min
    16: Opening the aperture | with David Sutphen

    16: Opening the aperture | with David Sutphen

    Today I speak with David Sutphen. David is the Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer at 2U. David and 2U need little introduction especially after the business' recent announcement that it has acquired edX for $800 million dollars in an effort to expand access to quality online education for learners, universities and employers worldwide.

    2U's 'free to degree' model and visionary leadership see it fast become the dominant player in for profit Higher Education, this in a sector that is becoming increasingly consolidated and arguably more akin to a learning marketplace.

    David holds a BA in Political Science from Amherst College and a Law Degree from the University of Michigan. He is a delightful human being with a healthy respect for those less fortunate and a keen desire to leave the world in a better state than he found it. David and I discuss


    the power and importance of education
    access and opportunity
    the outcomes from online versus face-to-face tuition
    learning science research and high quality learning experiences
    the future of the undergraduate degree
    alternative credentials, boot camps and short courses
    what employers really want
    the disconnect between higher education and the world of work
    the role of a lifelong learner and making informed decisions, as well as
    the metrics we use to measure academic success

    David and the team at 2U are innovators and I highly recommend you take a listen our conversation. With that, I bring you David Sutphen.

    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.

    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio

    ● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment or rate us!

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    Thanks for listening!

    We make education your business!

    • 46 min
    15: A networked learning experience | with Melissa Loble

    15: A networked learning experience | with Melissa Loble

    Today I speak with Melissa Loble. Melissa is the Chief Customer Experience Officer at Instructure, the makers of Canvas. We discuss how Melissa landed up working in Higher Education and what is currently occupying her mind as the sector level sets to a new normal.

    She has enjoyed an impressive career, starting as an educator, in the late 90's Melissa assumed the role as the Director of Educational Technology at New York University - Stern, then held a couple of roles at Pepperdine University where she finished her tenure as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Technology. She then went on to hold senior roles with Blackboard and UC Irvine before heading over to Instructure.

    Melissa holds a BA in Political Science & History from UCLA, an MA in Educational Policy from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

    Keeping the conversation pointed and on topic, Michelle and I chatted about:


    Engagement and interaction in online learning
    A Learning Management System (LMS) versus a Learning Experience Platform (LXP)
    The sharing economy
    The learning ecosystem
    What is a networked learning experience
    Universal UI
    The challenge with misaligned incentives
    Good pedagogy for engagement and outcomes
    Data mining, interpretation and application, as well as
    The importance of collaboration

    It's always fun spending time with Melissa and I hope that you'll enjoy her energy as much as I do. With that, I bring you, Melissa Loble.

    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.

    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio

    ● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment or rate us!

    ● Join the EdUp community at The EdUp Experience!

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    Thanks for listening!

    We make education your business!

    • 39 min
    14: Inclusive for all | with Geoffrey M. Roche

    14: Inclusive for all | with Geoffrey M. Roche

    Today I speak with Geoffrey Roche. Geoffrey is the Executive Director at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology where he considers public health solutions, secures local, regional, and national partnerships, and builds long lasting relationships with business, healthcare, and government officials.

    He holds a BA in Political Science from Moravian College and a MS in Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

    Geoffrey puts me through my paces introducing me to the intersection of public health and higher education and does a great job of simplifying the many complexities of his role. We touch on many topics including:


    the shortage of healthcare workers and associated burnout
    the digital divide
    health equity in the workforce
    innovation in higher education
    the value and makeup of boards
    thoughtful pathways to employment
    the value of internships and partnerships
    career transition and upskilling
    the value of data driven decision making
    as well as educations moral imperative

    Geoffrey is great to chat with and I enjoyed our time together. 

    And with that, I bring you, Geoffrey Roche.

    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.

    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio

    ● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment or rate us!

    ● Join the EdUp community at The EdUp Experience!

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    Thanks for listening!

    We make education your business!

    • 42 min
    13: Feeling the sand in your shoes | with Bianca Raby

    13: Feeling the sand in your shoes | with Bianca Raby

    Today I speak with Bianca Raby. Bianca is the Founder & CEO at Oppida where her and her growing team are committed to raising the bar in online education. Bianca refers to herself as a 'purist educator', now edtrepreneur taking a stand for learning design which she believes has been sorely neglected in recent history. Starting her life as a K through 12 teacher, she's now also enjoyed an enviable career in Higher Education making a marked and meaningful impact at a raft of quality organisations along the way.

    Bianca holds a B.Ed. Primary Education from the University of South Australia and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

    Bianca removes the gloves when speaking about the importance of deliberate and intentional learning design and we touch on many topics including:


    how we can feel institutionalised as educators
    the nuance of learner centred design
    entrepreneurship in education, and for educators
    teachers transitioning out of the teaching profession
    the importance of an MBA
    online learning as the poor cousin
    what is raising the bar in online education
    accessibility, user experience, engagement as well as
    cohort versus self-paced programs

    For Bianca, active learning is tough, and needs to be in order to build capability and effective application of learning. She is a supremely knowledgeable expert in her field and a strong advocate for more effective learning design in Higher Education - please visit her website at www.oppida.co or navigate to her LinkedIn profile to follow her progress. I'm sure that you will learn a lot from the next 30 minutes - I certainly did, so with that, I bring you Bianca Raby.

    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.

    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio

    ● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment or rate us!

    ● Join the EdUp community at The EdUp Experience!

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    Thanks for listening!

    We make education your business!

    • 40 min
    12: The marketplace of ideas | with Marybeth Gasman

    12: The marketplace of ideas | with Marybeth Gasman

    Today I speak with my friend Marybeth Gasman. Marybeth is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. Prior to that she spent just shy of 18 years at UPenn where she concluded her service to the University as the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education.

    Marybeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from St Norbert College and an MS and PHD in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington.

    I met Marybeth for the first time in 2019 when she volunteered to support me with building CONNECTed's EdTech & Strategy for Higher Education micromasters and what immediately struck me me was how down to earth and fun she was for such an accomplished academic ... not that academics aren't generally fun. Deeply empathetic, sincere and forthright, Marybeth has an incredible ability to navigate through prickly and sensitive topics with wisdom, respect and love. She is a devoted mother, a tenacious researcher and a diligent worker who is committed to action to see that the plight of underserved and marginalised communities are substantively improved.

    We cover a broad swath of topics in our energetic conversation including:


    the role of tenure, the road to a PHD and the role of a professor
    Higher Education as the great enabler
    the value of hard work, grit and drive
    the value of a liberal arts qualification
    transferable skills in the workplace
    the need for a college degree
    the privilege of STEM
    leading HEI's
    freedom of speech
    crisis management
    and the lens through which we need to see our leaders, Grace

    I'm grateful to have Marybeth in my life and I'm sure this conversation will illuminate why.

    I look forward to having her on the show again soon and for us to dive way deeper into several of the pressing movements and issues of our time.

    With that somewhat extended introduction, I bring you Marybeth Gasman.

    This episode is sponsored by the wonderful team at CONNECTed | Crowdsourced Education - check out their innovative short course in EdTech & Strategy for Higher Ed professionals seeking to level-up and lead reform.

    Connect with the host Warren Kennard and the extended EdUp team Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Joe Sallustio

    ● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment or rate us!

    ● Join the EdUp community at The EdUp Experience!

    ● Follow us on Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube

    Thanks for listening!

    We make education your business!

    • 41 min

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