The past year has accentuated the ways in which higher education is out of step with the life experiences, perspectives, and goals of new majority learners – students historically considered “nontraditional” who make up the majority of learners today.
In response to the upheaval of COVID-19, a worrisome drop off in enrollment among communities of color, and a national reckoning on race, many institutions are feeling a heightened sense of urgency to redesign systems and programs to remove barriers and generate opportunities for new majority learners. That redesign must start with better understanding these learners so that institutions can support their deep engagement with their learning and their success in reaching their goals.
Join us on March 3 @ 12-1pm EST for “Redesigning Higher Ed to Support New Majority Learners’ Engagement.” The forum and discussion will feature the release of “Walk in My Shoes”: An Actionable Learner Engagement Framework to Foster Growth, Belonging, and Agency, a roundtable discussion of insights from the the first in the Lab’s Toolkit publication series, and expert perspectives in how institutions are rethinking learner engagement to support today’s new majority learners.
Participants will include:
- Don Fraser, Chief Program Office, Education Design Lab
- Miriam Swords Kalk, Education Designer at Education Design Lab
- Wendi Copeland, Chief strategic partnership activation officer at Goodwill Industries International
- Dr. Angela Jackson, Partner, Learn to Earn, New Profit
- Julian Thompson, Strategist, UNCF
“Walk in My Shoes” will be available for download on March 3, 2021. This toolkit centers an engagement framework two years in the making, based on interviews with hundreds of learners for whom higher education was never designed. Research and work in the field demonstrate that this can best be facilitated through focusing on learners’ sense of growth, agency, and belonging.