Global Futurist Jack Uldrich to Deliver Keynote on the Future of Higher Education

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Acclaimed global futurist and iconoclastic “chief unlearning officer” Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver the plenary keynote at the Rochester Institute of Technology's year's end Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning Conference. Uldrich will review major industry trends, including advances in open-source education, MOOCs and mobile web communication, and then discuss why these trends will demand faculty and staff unlearn some of their assumptions about what higher education is and how it'll be delivered in the near future.

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With the introduction of new educational platforms such as EdX, Coursera and Udacity as well as the growing popularity of MOOCs, the world of higher education has already changed. Few, however, realize it.

Following on the heels of his well-received keynote presentation at the Association of Test Publisher’s 2013 Innovation Conference, popular keynote speaker, education futurist, technology forecaster, change management expert and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver the plenary keynote presentation at the Rochester Institute of Technology's year's end Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning Conference on May 22, 2013.

Beyond addressing educational trends, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), open-source educational platforms (such as Coursera, EdX and Udacity), mobile web communications, interactive and customizable e-books, gaming dynamics, augmented-reality, artificial intelligence, and crowdsourcing; Uldrich will tackle how these trends are transforming the student-teacher relationship and review the changes educational leaders must make today in order to stay relevant in tomorrow’s changing world.

The material presented in his talk is based on a combination of Uldrich's best-selling book, "Higher Unlearning: 39 Post Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future" and his latest book, "Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow." The keynote is designed to provide education innovators a solid and thought-provoking foundation upon which to conduct future strategic planning. (Later this spring, Uldrich will be conducting a more interactive session with leaders from the Rochester Institute of Technology). An overview of many of the coming changes can be found in this article: 10 Quotations of the Future of Higher Education.

In a separate, follow-on session entitled "The Art & Science of Unlearning", Uldrich will elaborate on why these future trends will require unlearning as well as provide an overview of how various technological trends are upending long-standing educational and funding mechanisms. Uldrich, who has been hailed as "America's Chief Unlearning Officer," will use vivid analogies and memorable stories, drawn from a wide spectrum of industries outside the educational establishment, to ensure his message of unlearning "sticks" with his audience. A sample of some his ideas on the future of education can be found in this chapter, The Future of Higher Education: A Cloudy Forecast, from his latest book “Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow.”

In the past year, Uldrich has addressed dozens of educational groups and associations, including delivering customized keynote presentations to Indiana University, Cuyahoga Community College, the Association of Test Publishers, the Minnesota Community Education Association, The Council of Great Lakes Schools, The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, Educational Services of America, Belmont University, The Chief Learning Officers Summit, The Minneapolis Public School System, The Teaching and Technology Conference, The League of Innovation, The California League of Middle Schools, and The American Technical Education Association. Later this summer, he will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to speak at the European Association for International Education's annual conference. Uldrich has also addressed a number of major, non education-related corporations and institutions on the topics of future trends, change management and unlearning, including Cisco, IBM, PepsiCo, United Healthcare, Case IH, Guardian Life Insurance, WiPro, and General Electric.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website at: Media wishing to know more about the event or interviewing Jack Uldrich can contact him directly at 612-267-1212 or jack(at)schoolofunlearning(dot)com.

Uldrich is a renowned global educational futurist, best-selling author, and editor of the monthly newsletter, The Exponential Executive. He is currently represented by a number of professional speakers' bureaus, including Leading Authorities and Executive Speakers Bureau.

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