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IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.

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IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.

    University Design Mindset: An Essential Skill for University Leaders by David J. Staley, Ph.D.

    University Design Mindset: An Essential Skill for University Leaders by David J. Staley, Ph.D.

    In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David J. Staley, Ph.D. suggests that higher education leaders need to be thinking in more imaginative ways about what universities can be.  According to Staley, bringing change to the university means 'reforming the university as a new discipline or a new design practice.'  As usual, Staley's thinking is provocative and is informing how we think about educating the next generation of higher education leaders.  Listen here and let us know if you have examples of expansive university making models to share.

    • 4 min
    From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Making it Real with Dr. Tia Brown McNair

    From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Making it Real with Dr. Tia Brown McNair

    According to Dr. Tia Brown McNair and the co-authors of her recent book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, rhetoric alone about equity, diversity and inclusion won't get the job done in higher education.  During our recent conversation with Dr. Brown McNair, we learn more about what it takes to make equity work stick including having leaders willing to examine their own perceptions of equity, elevating antiracism as an institutional priority by calling out institutionalized racism, and pursuing a facilitated approach to cultural change that helps individuals decipher, from a racial standpoint, the assumptions, implicit theories and values underlying their ways of doing things, among other things.  While there are institutions that are making progress on the equity walk in certain areas, none have fully dismantled institutional racism suggests Brown McNair. This transformation is ongoing and requires higher levels of intentionality and full engagement of educators, accountability, honesty and healing. 

    • 37 min
    After Millennials: Understanding Gen Z Students and their Gen X Parents

    After Millennials: Understanding Gen Z Students and their Gen X Parents

    In this IngenioUs Mini episode, we hear from nationally renowned expert on college student recruitment, Jeff Kallay, co-founder of Render Experiences (now RNL+Render), the leading firm for campus visit experiences.  As a respected authority on the emerging “experience economy,” Jeff’s presentations on American generations with particular expertise on the current youth generation and their parents, help colleges and organizations understand generational differences and how to best connect with each unique peer group.

    In this episode, Bay Path professor, Dr. Lauren Way talks with Jeff about his upcoming webinar in the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed series, scheduled for December 13, 2021, 12-1 pm (EST).  To register click here.

    • 13 min
    Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education with MIT Professor and Author Dr. Justin Reich

    Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education with MIT Professor and Author Dr. Justin Reich

    Based on his latest best-selling book, Failure to Disrupt, it is clear that Justin Reich believes that a digital transformation is, at its core, a very human endeavor. In this week’s IngenioUs episode with the MIT professor, learning scientist and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, Justin separates truth from hype and helps us understand what technology can—and can’t—do to transform learning. According to Reich, learning technologies―even those that are free to access―often provide the greatest benefit to affluent students and do little to combat growing inequality in education. Listen here for Justin’s clear, balanced and insightful take on the failure of technology in learning, what needs to be done to make a real impact, and the critical importance of education as community.

    • 40 min
    A Model for Mission-Driven Leadership: Dr. Mary Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College (MA)

    A Model for Mission-Driven Leadership: Dr. Mary Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College (MA)

    With two doctorates and an MBA, Dr. Mary Beth Cooper was clearly qualified to assume the presidency of Springfield College.  Now in her 9th year, President Cooper has instituted several new innovative partnerships and initiatives that have extended Springfield College's impact in the community and she has gained a reputation as a mission-driven and highly strategic, student-centric leader.  During our conversation we learn about her journey to the presidency, how she thinks about innovation, why she puts so much emphasis on building a strong and collaborative senior leadership team, and her thoughts about the future of the four-year degree. 

    • 43 min
    Innovation and Accreditation: An IngenioUs Mini with David Staley, Ph.D.

    Innovation and Accreditation: An IngenioUs Mini with David Staley, Ph.D.

    Is it time to reform higher education accreditation?  David Staley thinks so.  In his latest IngenioUs blog, he suggests it is time to design a new category of accreditation agency that can accommodate innovative and outside-the-box activities.  According to Staley: 'With an innovation accreditor guiding them and granting them permission, colleges and universities might be unleashed to tackle the unimaginative uniformity that afflicts so much of higher education.'  See here for his blog article.

    • 6 min

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Monica Bilson ,

Best higher ed podcast

Anyone interested in higher ed innovation should listen to this podcast. It’s miles above the other ones out there. Melissa in not only brings in the most relevant innovators as guests, but asks them questions that dig deeper into all the pressing challenges in this space, moving the conversation past the usual talking points.

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