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Tuesday, May 12 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Addressing Local and Regional Learning Needs at Community Colleges

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The traditional mission of a community college is to address the learning needs that arise locally and regionally. In an increasingly diverse, unsettled, and shifting economy, rigid traditional models of education and modes of delivery interfere with that mission. If colleges are to remain relevant and vital in helping address changing needs locally, regionally, and nationally, we need to disrupt and adapt the way we “do” college education.

Doug Jamieson will ask how post-secondary can be more responsive to major economic shift by asking, “What happens when a small community loses one of its major employers? What happens when an industry is in decline or faces massive technological change and/or diminishing social license?” and “How can we leverage new opportunities and deliver new and meaningful programming to skilled people looking to retrain and return to work quickly? How do we equip people to enter a shifting work economy for the first time?”

Wendy Male notes that a shift to competency-based education (CBE) promised learning which would address the pace and plasticity of ever-evolving clinical environments, but implementation—and therefore student progress—has proven problematic, in part due to the inherent constraints of the cohort model which favors procedure-driven clinical education. She asks, “If we cling to rigid educational practices, how can we develop agile, responsive health professionals ready to adapt to shifting realities and future change? How might institutions and systems themselves adapt to allow this?”

Jonathon Penny will ask how ‘modularity’ of curricula and flexibility of delivery can constructively transform even the staid and deeply entrenched area of traditional academic study, with a special interest in interlocking credentials, laddered curricula, structural options, and the interplay between disciplinary knowledge with practical experience to increase outputs. He asks, “How do we protect and preserve what is vital in the traditional disciplines while responding to and even anticipating socioeconomic shifts?”

Paula Hayden will offer cross-sectional comment focused on the role of teaching and learning technology.


Tuesday May 12, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom 2
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