Meet the Panelists: Innovation and Disruption

Our notion of teaching, learning, and assessing skills and knowledge is constantly being challenged and reformed. We have gathered several experts to discuss the possibilities and ramifications of new technologies, pedagogies, and shifts in the way we teach, learn and work.

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Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab

Kathleen founded the Education Design Lab after 20 years in higher ed and K-12 education reform. She has launched or co-launched four non-profits in the past two decades, all related to improving the quality of education for non-elite students. With the Lab, she saw the need for a non-profit to help learning institutions and other players design education toward the future of a fast-changing world. The Lab has supported some 75 colleges and universities, as well as employers, high schools, foundations and government around the world.

Christoper Kent, Foresight Alliance

Christopher Kent is a futurist, writer, researcher, and consultant with 20 years’ experience in global consumer and technology insights. As a founder and partner in futures consultancy Foresight Alliance, he has advised clients on work, education, emerging generational trends and their impact; future consumer technology usage trends; new media challenges in the 21st century; and emerging needs of tourists and travelers.

You can see what catches his eye daily by following him on Twitter @Cekent.

Anna Lenhart, University of Michigan

As a recent graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Anna Lenhart studies the rise of automation and the future of work. She came to this subject after nine years working in both the nonprofit sector and as a technology consultant. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Shakti Rising, a women’s empowerment organization. In 2013, she founded the Next Generation of Service, an alternative career center for young people interested in Service Year opportunities (now a project of the Service Year Alliance).

Sheryl Grant, Community Success Institute

Sheryl L. Grant, Ph.D. is director of research at the Community Success Institute. Formerly based at Duke University, Dr. Grant spent 9 years at HASTAC, which administered the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Grant is a published author and international expert on open digital badges and trust frameworks in education.

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