ATTENDEE COMMENTS

WHAT IMPACTED YOU THE MOST?

“Access trumps elitism – The knowledge from the course, not the degree as a performance metric – Customization of education vs. standardization – Power of DL technology as an “extendable core” to undermine the traditional institutions of higher ed.”

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“Appreciate Khan Academy concept regarding open education. Enjoyed Michael Wesch’s enthusiasm for teaching in an active learning model.”

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“Sal Khan’s work”

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“Both Prime Ministers were outstanding. Clayton Christensen provided the greatest insights. Michael Crow demonstrated that we can think differently about the American university. Jefferson and Madison were a great touch.”

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“Change is evident. We, as leaders, need to lead the change by being willing to take risks.”

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“Changing demographics data driven changes in online delivery”

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“Christensen, Blair and Khan were best presentations for me. Brought home many new ideas.”

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“Clay’s thinking continues to evolve with ever greater insight. He did a great job at this meeting.”

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“Sal Kahn and Dr. Wesch were incredible – both really made you think about the possibilities. Michael Crow added so much credibility to the debate of accessibility.”

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“Clayton Christensen”

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“Consideration for new accreditation models.”

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“Current availability of strategies for change.”

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“Demography, economics, competitives = compelling case for change.”

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“Dr. Christensen’s analysis of how good companies fail.”

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“Dr. Christensen’s idea of how little guys slay the big giants.”

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“Sal Kahn, Clay Christensen, and Michael Wesch gave me the best specific ideas. Tony Blair and John Howard were both nicely inspirational. Steve Murdock’s talk was informative and good background.”

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“Sal Khan; Clay Christensen”

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“Kahn Academy – free form learning Thank you for the energy and focus of an excellent event.”

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“New forms of learning and student engagement — presentations by Sal Khan, Mike Wesch, and Clay Christensen were particularly thought provoking. Presentation by Belle was not good — accreditation will stand in the way of educational reform.”

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“Kahn and Christensen.”

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“Khan Academy presentation was very provocative.”

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“Scale”

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“That there are others beyond myself actively seeking and achieving innovation in higher ed.”

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“The online models used by Kahn & Wesch’s insights on students.”

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“The presenters I found most memorable were Sal Khan and Michael Wesch. Both are gifted and creative practitioners who have tremendous insights into how students think and learn.”

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“There were only a few speakers who really presented how universities will have to change. The others were stuck in the past and sounded irrelevant. It would be helpful to have specific examples-like Sal Kahn and Clay Christensen-who were able to illustrate changes.”

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“Best conference I had attended in last 10 years. Content and speakers were outstanding- details were perfect in all regards from location, food to special “presidents”.

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“Blair and Howard’s conceptual map of global national integration of higher Ed and national growth.”

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“Presentations by Clay Christensen and Sal Khan.”

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“The promotion of blended-learning (hybrid) and the different formats demonstrated by some of the speakers was very interesting. Also, the potential worth of on-line and distance learning and how it may strengthen growing universities was informative. The promotion of using technology to its fullest potential in the classroom was great. While not a new concept, utilization of technology has yet to be widely adopted. The cost may be a contributing factor. The universal access to excellent material, as presented by Dr. Christensen, can make a difference. One does not need to be at Harvard Business School to get an excellent education toward an MBA, when that could be achieved, in many respects, via distance education or on-line in-house. I was pleased to see emphasis placed on the importance of international education, and opportunities for study abroad. In our state, exciting students about study abroad is a serious challenge, partially driven by the expense to undertake such experiences.”

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“Aspects of internationalization”

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“Impact of coming US demographic changes, changing role and accountability of universities for outcomes, use of online tutoring, who are the students and how do they learn, knowledge environment of the 21st century.”

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“John Howard’s vision of globalization of education.”

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“Just the whole concept of disruptive technologies and the need for universities to step up to change.”

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“New models of higher ed delivery.”

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“Overall theme and focus of conference was very insightful and relevant. Provided important context to our current operational environment.”

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“Perspectives on the changes that are occurring now in the industry of higher education and potential ways to keep up with these changes. I was especially interested in Christensen’s talk on disruptive innovation, Sal Kahn’s ideas on how to use technology to assist learning and Michael Wesch’s approaches to engage students in his classes through problem-based learning projects that utilize technology.”

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“Sal Kahn’s academic academy and the idea of unbundled education and a free market for courses.”

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“Sal Khan was worth the visit. He is excellent.”

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“The ideas surrounding being innovative – we need new models for teaching and learning. And we need to make use of the tools (technology) available to us. To think outside the box. To allow students to learn at their own pace.”

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“The messages reinforced each other. This is the BEST conference I have been to. My campus is thinking through the issues discussed and the integrated presentation was exactly what I needed to help me develop an action plan. Our leadership team is on the move and doing things in response to the information at the conference. THANK YOU for inviting me”

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“The presentations by Michael Crow and Ralph Wolff probably had the greatest impact for me. Sal Khan and Professor Wesch are two individuals with whom I’m already familiar – they were outstanding as well.”

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“The use of technology in everything we do in higher education needs to be adopted. It is a NEW DAY! It was nice to be affirmed as a leader in my daily practices to do things differently.”

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“Those presented by Michael Crow, Sal Kahn and Clayton Christensen.”

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“Types of learning that can be done well on-line, Christiansen’s ideas of how industry (like universities) change in the face of disrupting challenges.”

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“Use of technology and learning options and growing advancement in learning applications”

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“Use of technology for improving both reach and quality.”

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“Using on-line for developmental education.”

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“Validated move to E-learning.”

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“Wesch, Kahn and Christenson were amazing. Crow, Blair and Bush also outstanding. The first 3 outlined revolutionary changes in education — away from the lecture-at-them model. But most of the others, who read speeches, were examples of what is wrong with education — and with conferences. Cigarroa was boring, arrogant and self-serving.”

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“There were only a few speakers who really presented how universities will have to change. The others were stuck in the past and sounded irrelevant. It would be helpful to have specific examples-like Sal Kahn and Clay Christensen-who were able to illustrate changes.”

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“There was no time for discussion and Q&A in most cases which was a missed opportunity. Excellent organization!”

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“I would have enjoyed more presentations of approaches from actual Presidents/Chancellors on how they are implementing change models and tactics on their campus. How do you navigate the beau racy, archaic systems in place, faculty, unions on a public university campus?”

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“Thank you for the opportunity to participate.”

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“Might have been useful for a little more context on why participants were there and what they were expected to take away from the conference. Also, no one seemed to know how they were invited. Organizers might have circulated an attendance list.”

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“If we do this again, maybe we include a 1-2 policy makers, 1-2 corporate leaders who partner with universities.”

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“Do it annually, please. Very impressive! Thank you for the invitation.”

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“Politicians discuss what “I” did in office, can we move the dialog to “what can ‘we’ do NOW? Federal legislation is crippling state universities and access.”

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“Exceptionally attentive and courteous hotel staff. Give credit to the ghost writers for Presidents Madison and Jefferson. Thanks for a very stimulating experience.”

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“Outstanding Conference–perhaps we need to involve faculty in something similar.”

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“Would have enjoyed more time to interact with presenters.”

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“If there is thought of another conference, I suggest involving more faculty who can discuss innovation from their unique perspective.”

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“Some sessions too long between breaks. Morning session went 2 1/2 hours, then break, then only 1 hour until lunch. Should be break at least every two hours.”

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“The Thomas Jefferson soliloquy was a distraction. No value added.”

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“Allow time for questions to all presenters.”

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“Former Presidents were a real treat.”

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“Do hope this can be organized again in the next 3 years. Would have been good to comment after each of the previous questions. Now we need to meet to plan next steps and apply this information. THANK YOU for the opportunity to attend.”

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“The best conference I have ever attended (and I have attended hundreds). Truly outstanding!”

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“More time for attendees to interact with speakers.”

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“In the future, if there is another gathering, it would be better to make it more interactive. Most of the presentations didn’t demonstrate best practices in engaging the listeners and encouraging active learning. Much more could have been done, for example, with the iPads that were handed out to make the meeting interactive.”

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“A list of attendees would have been helpful — We partner with Conception Chile and I did not know they were there until the last morning.”

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“The one thing missing in all of this was a discussion of faculty – the unmovable mountain, so to speak. It would be wonderful to have had a direct discussion of how to achieve culture change with a particularly resistant culture.”

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“This was among the top three best conferences I’ve attended in my more than n 20 years in HE.”

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“One of the best academic conferences I’ve ever attended.”

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“I have never been to a better academic conference and appreciate the energy you put into it, making it the resounding success that it was. I’m honored to have been included.”

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“Thank you for the generous invitation to participate in your conference. It was truly a transformative and historical event. Your selected speakers provided captivating and energizing content and the smoothness of the event operations allowed me and the other participants to fully concentrate on the information and possibilities for the future of higher ed. Your leadership is vital to increasing the effectiveness of the higher education industry. As a leader of the only 100% online public university providing bachelor degree completion and master degrees, I can tell you that while the road may be treacherous it is not blocked towards evolution; it is leaders like you that help support CSU-Global’ s efforts towards access, quality and affordable education for which I am grateful.”