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WGU at SXSW EDU 2022

Feb 28, 2022

On March 7-10, WGU leaders will participate in a variety of panel sessions at SXSW EDU 2022 in Austin, Texas. They will discuss innovative solutions to current challenges in higher education that will create pathways to better opportunities for all types of learners. Keep reading for details and registration links for each session.


In with the New: Rating Higher Ed by Economic Mobility

Marni Baker Stein, Chief Academic Officer and Provost of Western Governors University

Michael Itzkowitz, Senior Fellow, Higher Education, Third Way  

Greg Fowler, President, University of Maryland Global Campus  

Jose Gomez, Provost, CAL State LA

Are schools living up to the promise of economic mobility? Experts take an in-depth look at a report by panelist Michael Itzkowitz of Third Way, which assessed economic mobility among higher education institutions using the innovative Economic Mobility Index (EMI). The analysis is designed to give policymakers, researchers, and consumers a better way to assess which colleges are delivering on the promise of economic mobility for low- and moderate-income students—and which ones are falling short.

Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. CST

Register for In with the New


Learner Revolution: How to Become Truly Student-Centered

Marni Baker Stein, Chief Academic Officer and Provost of Western Governors University  

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, Inside Higher Ed  

Ashish Vaidya, President of Northern Kentucky University  

Cole Clark, Managing Director, Higher Education, Deloitte Services, LP

Higher education must re-center around students in a way that helps learning personalization thrive. This can be done by making students the primary focus in a way that is sustainable. Now is an opportunity to refocus on what’s best for students and imagine innovative faculty models with revolutionized curriculum. Explore what the future looks like for academic institutions and how frameworks can be reimagined to better support students while also coping with the pandemic.

Wednesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. CST

Register for Learner Revolution


Fail Safe Experiential Learning with Immersive VR

Mark Milliron, Senior Vice President & Executive Dean of the Western Governors University Teachers College

Aaron Popham, Academic Vice President & Dean of the Western Governors University Teachers College

Mamie Pack, Senior Instructor Faculty, Head of Teachers College Diversity and Inclusion at Western Governors University

Ever wish you had a do-over? Teachers must explore new ways to work with children with special needs, master specific instructional routines, and lead difficult conversations in complex classrooms in the quest to create inclusive environments that support learning and belonging. Live avatar-based simulations provide a fail-safe environment for experimenting, learning and growing skills. See how this university trains teachers in an authentic, replicable, scalable and diverse simulated classroom.  

Wednesday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m. CST

Register for Fail Safe Experiential Learning with Immersive VR


The Future of Workforce Education – The Edges of Learning and Work

Maria Flynn, President and CEO, JFF  

Kristina Francis, Executive Director, JFFLabs  

Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

David Sutphen, Chief Impact Officer, 2U  

Jeremy Wheaton, CEO, ECMC Group

Workforce education and lifelong learning are rapidly changing and becoming essential to the economy. Join JFF and workforce education experts as we evaluate the biggest trends impacting the work-and-learn ecosystem today. With the rise in new educational models and marketplaces, what does “quality” look like? How will students—and companies—know what to trust? How will emerging technologies like AR/VR and the metaverse enable us to reimagine what high-quality learning could look like?  

This dialogue will feature interstitial content from human-centered design firm IDEO, bringing the voice of learners and workers into the room through brief storytelling experiences.  

Hear from college presidents, employers, entrepreneurs, tech experts and policymakers on what they see as the biggest challenges and opportunities in our field.

Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. CST

Register for The Edges of Learning and Work

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