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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Georgia Tech Proposes a Model for Education 2040 | Editor’s Picks - eLearningInside News

Cait Etherington, writer and education/training consultant notes, Georgia Tech has been a pioneer of tech education for decades. Recently, it has made headlines as one of the country’s elite institutions working to transform not only how technology education is delivered but also to whom. 

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Photo: courtesy of JJonahJackalope at English Wikipedia.

This is best illustrated by Georgia Tech’s online master’s degree in computer science, which enables students to complete a degree that normally cost over $50,000 for just $7,000. In a recently released report, Georgia Tech outlines its 2040 vision. From all accounts, accessibility will continue to play a critical part in the institution’s mandate over the next two decades.

Pillars of Georgia Tech’s 2040 
Mandate By the year 2040, Georgia Tech hopes that its leaners will be more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. This means creating more opportunities for learners of all age demographics. As stated in an executive summary published in February, “The Georgia Tech Commitment is a promise to these new learners to provide the rigorous, high-quality experience that has defined a Georgia Tech education for more than 130 years but to do it in a way that is individually personalized and sustainable for a lifetime. This commitment is a promise to invest in the success of all Georgia Tech students.”...

Five New Initiatives Will Be Launched to Drive Future Mandate 
While all these goals sound good on paper, Georgia Tech’s leaders recognize that putting them into action will require concrete initiatives. To this end, the Georgia Tech Commission on Creating the Next in Education has approved five immediate actions and longer-term projects to drive the Institute’s 2040 mandate.

The first initiative is a move to “whole-person education.” As stated in the report:
“Georgia Tech graduates have a reputation for strong technical skills and initiative, but, increasingly, other skills are needed for success in the twenty-first century workplace, including cognitive skills, such as problem solving and creativity; interpersonal skills, such as communications and leadership; and intrapersonal skills, such as adaptability and discipline. The Commission found that virtually all employers consider these skills to be a distinguishing characteristic for long-term success.”
To achieve a “whole-person education,” Georgia Tech plans to pour increased resources into experiential learning, global education initiatives, professional development for graduates, and the development of soft and interpersonal skills.

In addition to focusing on the whole learner, Georgia Tech is currently developing a series of new models of education to meet learners’ needs. This will include offering more microcredentials and a new credit-for- accomplishment unit, which will be “measured by demonstrated competencies and skills.”...

The full Creating the Next in Education report can be read on the Georgia Tech website.

Source: eLearningInside News