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Keynote Address: The Rebirthing of Higher Education

Bobbe Baggio

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Over the last several decades’ higher education has been descending on increasingly slippery slope. Colleges and universities, including those fancy and elite, have some fundamental problems; one of these is economic weight. They spend more every year to finance growing administrations and tuition continues to increase. David Gelernter stated in the WSJ in January 23, 2017 “Over 90% of U.S. colleges will be gone within the next generation, as the higher-education world inevitably flips over and sinks.” If that happens who really loses? Can higher education raise from the ruins to reestablish itself in the very important roles it has always played (the creation of new knowledge, the decimation of existing knowledge and the preservation of knowledge) to benefit future generations? High-Tech will certainly play a significant role in that transformation. Moving past changes in time and place, the next revolution in learning will be driven by individualization and reality. Can higher education make the shift?

Bobbe Baggio is a consultant in curriculum development and e-learning integration for a global and virtually connected workforce. Her area of expertise is the incorporation of technologies to enhance human performance including adult and workplace learning.

Dr. Baggio is particularly interested in helping organizations:

  • Create a wide variety of training and learning solutions including VLEs, VILT’s, distance learning, remote classrooms, multimedia e-learning, virtual simulations, m-learning, competencies and compliance training programs, products and courses.
  • Create strategies for the effective use of technologies using the best possible current knowledge from learning science.
  • Implement leadership skills and manage a complex multi-tiered organization and learning environment.
  • Foster relationships across all areas of complex organizations through the development and adherence to organizational objectives and measurable behavior outcomes.
  • Support both virtual workers and those responsible for managing and leading in the virtual workplace

Bobbe Baggio is a consultant in multicultural and international elearning and talent development for a global and virtually connected workforce. Her area of expertise is the integration of technologies to enhance human performance including adult and workplace learning. She is Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Online Learning at American University in Washington, D.C. and was previously Program Director of the MS program in Instructional Technology Management at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2002 she has been CEO of Advantage Learning Technologies, Inc. a company that provides programs, products and research for workplace learning. She believes that technologies are here to help everyone and to be used to enhance human performance.

Bobbe is the author of five books, an engaging public speaker, strategic advisor and educator in the field of instructional technologies and learning. Her expertise draws upon her experience as a Fortune 100 IT manager, 20 years of consulting experience, and her doctoral studies in instructional design for online learning. Examples of clients include: The Federal Reserve Bank, Pfizer, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, DOD, PASSHE, Merck, BMS, KPMG, Siemens, Ticketmaster, IMG, Tyco Engineering, Fisher, Christiana Care Health System, Cisco and Adobe.