Higher ed leader Jeffrey Selingo to describe college of the future at April 7 lecture

School of Engineering announces creation of Schmidt Family Annual Educational Technologies Lectureship

As technological advances ‘evolutionize’ higher education, award-winning author and speaker Jeffrey Selingo imagines what the college of the future will look like.

Jeffrey Selingo

Selingo will deliver the inaugural lecture – College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education – April 7 for the School of Engineering’s newly-created Schmidt Family Annual Educational Technologies Lectureship. The lecture is in Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium, 134 Featheringill Hall, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture.

Selingo’s topic originates from his book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, which was a New York Times best-selling education book in 2013. His latest book, MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why, was published in September 2014.

Vanderbilt University’s first foray into massive open online courses—or MOOCs—occurred in March 2013 on the platform Coursera. Douglas Schmidt, associate chair for computer science and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of two faculty members who first taught Coursera courses through the auspices of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning.

Doug Schmidt

“New approaches in learning methods and educational technologies add value to higher education’s learning environment and help expand the visibility of Vanderbilt’s excellent teaching and research around the world. The focus of the Schmidt Family Annual Educational Technologies Lectureship is to explore advances in digital learning and their applicability to innovation and practice in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering,” said Schmidt, who with his parents, retired Navy Capt. Raymond P. Schmidt and Roberta R. Schmidt, created the lectureship.

Selingo will talk about the role technology will play in the college of the future, and how traditional and residential campuses can prove their value in a marketplace where students will have many more options.

Philippe Fauchet

“New technology is already rapidly changing the landscape of higher education, but we simply don’t know where this is leading. We’re grateful to the Schmidt family for creating a lectureship that will expose students, faculty, and the community to speakers with differing views about how emerging technologies will impact teaching and learning,” said Philippe Fauchet, dean of the School of Engineering.

Selingo is the former top editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 16 years, and continues as a regular contributor. His writing also has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he is a contributor to LinkedIn, where his blog posts on higher education appear.

Selingo’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, ABC, and CBS.

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