The High-Impact Talent Roundtable program

August 26th 8am to 1230pm, Mount Royal University

The Program

The Roundtable program will be interactive and focus on thought-provoking panels and small group discussions. As part of our discussions we will explore four radical proposals included in Stanford 2025 - An exploration of undergraduate experiences in the future. These include: (a) Open Loop University; (b) Paced Education; (c) Axis Flip; (d) Purpose Learning and how they could contribute to developing high-impact talent.

Panel 1: The Future is Agile. Should it be for Higher Education?

Educators, employers and policymakers are advocating for more agile and responsive learning formats in universities. At its core, this challenges the future of a traditional university degree format. In its place, many believe that agile and adaptable talent development should be rooted in a portfolio of diverse learning and experiences, including work-integrated learning and micro-credentials. Questions this panel will consider include:

So, what is the future role of a university and a traditional university degree in this new learning model?

What role can work-integrated learning play in expanding a more agile micro-work integrated learning?

What are the implications on community partners? 

Panel 2: Can Work-Integrated Learning Develop Soft Skills?

Research suggests that employers are increasingly prioritizing foundational soft skills, including communications, organizational, critical thinking and interpersonal skills over task or discipline specific skills and knowledge. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges that work-integrated learning may offer to systematically develop and track these essential skills during a student’s post-secondary education. Questions this panel will consider include:

What is the role of higher education in developing core soft skills? 

How does different forms of work-integrated learning contribute to systematically developing and refining core communication, organization, thinking and interpersonal skills demanded by employers?

How can this be measured? 

How can community partners take responsibility to develop these skills during work-integrated learning initiatives?

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