september, 2019

24sep12:00 pm1:30 pmFeaturedAIM Spotlight: Simon Nelson, FutureLearn CEO, and Matt Walton, FutureLearn CPO12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

AIM Spotlight


Event Details

Join us on Tuesday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Central Room (4th Floor) of Palmer Commons our first AIM Spotlight as we welcome in Simon Nelson, FutureLearn CEO, and Matt Walton, FutureLearn Chief Product Officer, who will share insights into how the design of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform impacts the learning experience. Lunch is provided.


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Description – The international education sector is currently going through significant change. Student attitudes
and expectations are changing as digital technology advances and the world of higher education
commercializes. The workforce of today is also very different to that of just a generation ago and the
workforce of tomorrow will be different again. Gone are the jobs for life, replaced by things like the
gig economy, a focus on digital skills, and the threat of automation resulting in businesses,
governments and individuals seeking ways to reskill and upskill.

In this context, universities, learners and employers need to get ready for the workplace of
tomorrow. Universities need to modernize in order to attract global students, deliver value for
money, remain internationally relevant, and engage with employers to produce students who are
ready for the workplace.

In this session, UK-based online social learning platform, FutureLearn, looks at how these challenges
can be overcome. Simon Nelson, Chief Executive and Matt Walton, Chief Product Officer will be
discussing the trends impacting universities today, asking what this means for the higher education
sector and focusing on the role that technology can, and should, play in this new world.


AIM Spotlight is an all new speaker series hosted by the Center for Academic Innovation. This series will feature speakers external to the University of Michigan, focused on topics center around innovation in higher education and is tailored to a broad audience. Topics may include but are not limited to online learning, residential learning, research, technology, extended reality (XR), and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Palmer Commons - Great Lakes Central

100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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