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Welcome to IngenioUs — where conversations spark innovation and open doors to the future of higher education. Our podcast is a dedicated space for deep dives with the most original minds and active changemakers in academia. Each episode is a journey through the ideas and actions of those at the forefront, pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible in higher ed. Join us as we explore academic innovation, uncovering insights and inspirations from those who dare to think differently.

IngenioUs Melissa Morriss-Olson

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Welcome to IngenioUs — where conversations spark innovation and open doors to the future of higher education. Our podcast is a dedicated space for deep dives with the most original minds and active changemakers in academia. Each episode is a journey through the ideas and actions of those at the forefront, pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible in higher ed. Join us as we explore academic innovation, uncovering insights and inspirations from those who dare to think differently.

    AI Best Practices in Course Creation and Delivery. A Free Leading Edge Webinar Preview with Dr. James M Wilson, III

    AI Best Practices in Course Creation and Delivery. A Free Leading Edge Webinar Preview with Dr. James M Wilson, III

    The process of course creation and delivery involves developing topics, a syllabus, lectures, class activities, discussion topics, assignments, group projects, assessments, and grading, among other tasks. This process is usually done solo. Now, artificial intelligence provides us with a very helpful assistant. The process of teaching cannot be effectively automated, but the many tasks needed to draft course creation and delivery can be automated.

    In our upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar, Dr. James Wilson will share best practices including the process and tools that artificial intelligence provides to begin and refine course creation and delivery. This session will show you how to begin the conversation with artificial intelligence to improve your course creation and delivery. In this IngenioUs mini, Wilson shares a preview of the webinar. Register for the webinar here: https://www.baypath.edu/academics/centers-of-excellence/center-for-higher-education-leadership-and-innovative-practice/leading-edge-thinking-in-higher-education-webinar-series/


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    University Design. The Power of Smart Questions. David J. Staley.

    University Design. The Power of Smart Questions. David J. Staley.

    In his latest column for Ingenious, David Staley introduces a bold idea in "A Question-Centered Theory of Higher Education," inspired by Pia Lauritzen's book "Questions." Staley, who teaches history to mostly non-major students, notices a problem: his students struggle to ask good research questions. He wonders if this is because they're used to just memorizing answers for tests, rather than learning how to ask questions themselves. This issue goes beyond just his classroom; it touches on how we
    think about education itself.

    Staley suggests that learning to ask good questions is key to truly understanding a subject. This is especially important now, as AI technology like ChatGPT becomes more common. These AI tools can easily generate
    answers, but Staley argues that the real skill we should teach students is how to ask thoughtful questions that lead to meaningful answers.

    He believes that focusing on question-asking can help students become more creative and critical thinkers. This approach would also prepare them to better use AI, not just by feeding it prompts, but by engaging with it more deeply through smart questioning. Staley's proposal is not just about changing how we teach; it's about preparing students for a future where asking the right questions is more valuable than knowing the right answers.




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    A University President Unlike Any Other: Dr. E. Gordon Gee's Transformative Legacy in Higher Education

    A University President Unlike Any Other: Dr. E. Gordon Gee's Transformative Legacy in Higher Education

    In this episode, we speak with someone whose name has become synonymous with transformative leadership in academia—Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University.

    In his illustrious career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Gee has led some of the nation's most prestigious institutions, but what sets him apart is not just his longevity in leadership but his unwavering commitment to evolve and transform these institutions, often making challenging decisions that, while controversial, have proven pivotal for long-term institutional
    success.

    Listen in as we learn where Dr. Gee feels his leadership has left an indelible mark and why he believes so passionately in the land grant mission that is all about community building and accessibility.

    We also reflect on the lessons learned from regrets and the power of embracing mistakes as a driving force for change—something Dr. Gee articulates with candid vulnerability and wisdom.

    We discuss the systemic changes Dr. Gee has spearheaded, why bold and sometimes unpopular actions are necessary, and how these may serve as a template for future institutional resilience and agility.

    Finally, Dr. Gee shares his vision for the legacy he wishes to leave behind, his thoughts on the existential challenges facing higher education today, and his hopeful outlook on the future.

    Join us as we delve into deep topics with a visionary
    leader aiming to transform academia for years to come.




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    Navigating Through Loss: The Impact of Small College Closures on Communities and Paths to Recovery with Author Jonathan Nichols

    Navigating Through Loss: The Impact of Small College Closures on Communities and Paths to Recovery with Author Jonathan Nichols

    In recent years, we've witnessed a trend that's reshaping the educational landscape, yet it's a story not often explored from a personal angle. We're talking about the closure of small colleges across our country - an event that's becoming all too common. These aren't just institutions ceasing operations; they're communities losing their heartbeat, students redirected from their paths, and legacies coming to an abrupt end.

    This episode dives deep into this topic with someone who's lived through such an experience and emerged with stories, insights, and a book that's sparking conversations everywhere. Our guest is Jonathan Nichols, an assistant professor of English at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois, and the author of 'Requiem for a College' - a title that immediately evokes the solemnity of today's discussion.

    Jonathan's unique perspective as a faculty member affected by the closure of his alma mater, St. Joseph's College, combined with his familial ties to the institution, offers us an unparalleled look into the personal and community impact of such closures. His journey, from the initial shock and loss to the painstaking research into the why and how, reveals not just the challenges, but also the resilience and adaptability at the heart of the academic spirit.

    So, why do small colleges close? What happens to the communities, the students, the faculty, and the towns that host them? And importantly, what can we learn from these stories to help navigate, and maybe even prevent future closures?

    Join us as we explore these questions with Jonathan, unpacking the complexities of this issue and shedding light on the often-overlooked human side of higher education's changing landscape.

    Whether you're directly involved in the world of education, a student navigating your academic journey, or simply someone who cares about the future of learning in our society, you'll find something in this conversation that resonates.




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    Empowering the Next Generation of Global Changemakers: President Helene D. Gayle, and the Future of Spelman College

    Empowering the Next Generation of Global Changemakers: President Helene D. Gayle, and the Future of Spelman College

    In this episode, we're speaking with a leader whose journey to the college presidency is as compelling as it is unconventional. Dr. Helene D. Gayle, the 11th president of Spelman College discusses her leadership journey from the front lines of medicine and public health to the presidency of one of the most prestigious historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States.

     Imagine starting as a pediatrician, diving into public health and epidemiology, and then working your way through leadership roles at the CDC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, and the Chicago Community Trust. President Gayle is a powerhouse who’s dedicated her life to fighting for equity and social justice on a global scale. Now, she’s channeling all that passion into her role at Spelman, lighting the way for a new generation of fierce female leaders.

     Join us as we dive into a conversation about leadership, legacy, and the power of education with one of the most dynamic figures in today’s academic landscape. You won't want to miss a moment of this!


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    Reimagining the Ivory Tower: A Fresh Take on 'Alternative Universities' and the Call for Imagination

    Reimagining the Ivory Tower: A Fresh Take on 'Alternative Universities' and the Call for Imagination

    Ever wondered if there’s more to universities than lecture halls and textbooks? David J. Staley's latest blog post in his popular University Design column brings an exciting perspective that could change how we think about education forever. In "Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education," Staley invites us on a journey to explore the possibilities of what universities can be.

    With his unique insight, Staley questions the one-size-fits-all approach of today's higher education. He shares his journey and discussions around the globe, showing us that it's time to break free from the traditional and embrace new, creative ways of learning and teaching.

    Staley's blog post doesn't just highlight the issues with following the crowd ("Harvard envy," as he calls it). It's a guiding light for those who believe education can be different, more engaging, and truly innovative. He introduces us to universities around the world that have dared to be different, showing us that change isn't just possible—it's happening.

    "Alternative Universities" is more than a book; it's an invitation to dream of educational spaces that are not just unique but transformative. Whether you're a teacher, a student, or simply someone who loves to learn, David's insights will open your mind to new possibilities.

    Dive into David Staley's vision for the future and see how we can all help shape a world where education is not just about following a path but creating our own.

    Start exploring now.



    P.S. Want to dive deeper? Check out David J. Staley's "Alternative Universities," now available in paperback. It's a must-read for anyone ready to think differently about education. Get your copy here.




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Melissa run a thoughtful and creative podcast that shares ideas and innovations in higher education. Great speakers, fresh ideas, and effective moderation make the podcasts well worth listening to.

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