The 60 Year Degree: Learning without Boundaries

This webcast was hosted in partnership with BibliU." "

The boundaries of learning and earning are intersecting in increasingly complex ways. The “traditional” approach – prescriptive pathways of degree attainment, followed by a long career – can no longer be the norm in a dynamic and rapidly changing social and economic landscape. Many of the jobs degree-seeking students will have do not even exist – and the current model too often locks out the students who stand to gain the most from higher education’s democratic promise.

How do we in higher education support learners on a journey where knowledge and skill attainment takes place over an entire lifetime? How can we be more nimble as institutions to provide just-in-time opportunities and more accessible resources for learners over the course of their lives?

Our experts discussed the shifting demands of learners and employers and the challenges and opportunities ahead for institutions. Points of discussion included:

  •     The case for shaking up the model of degree attainment-employment-retirement.
  •     How an extended lifetime will impact careers.
  •     Emerging models, including Stanford Open Loop University.
  •     The ROI of life long learners as students to the institution and employers.  VITAC logo

Captioning was provided by our sponsor, VITAC. 

The webcast recording is available on our YouTube channel.


Paul MarcaPaul Marca, Principal, Parallax Global Advisors
Paul Marca is principal at Parallax Global Advisors, LLC a firm which provides strategic consulting for those seeking to transform education through technology. He also currently serves the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) as a council member and first vice president. Marca advises universities, corporations, and governmental organizations on how to develop and extend education as a means to sustain organizational vitality and innovation. Previously, he spent 32 years in senior leadership roles at Stanford where he was instrumental in developing and implementing an international coursework portfolio. He also developed a number of innovative university-industry and university-university partnerships to extend Stanford’s educational reach with effective ‘go-to-market strategies.’ He has presented keynote speeches and workshops around the globe on connecting innovation, strategy, and education.

Dave SherwoodDave Sherwood, Co-Founder and CEO, BibliU
First as an undergraduate in Western Australia, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Dave Sherwood had a pressing question: why are textbooks so unintuitive? Co-founding BibliU six years ago, Sherwood and his team have since signed over 2,000 academic publishers and 140 universities across the globe with this simple message: when it comes to learning, there has to be a better, more affordable, and more accessible way of doing things.


Michelle WeiseMichelle Weise, Author and Senior Advisor, Imaginable Futures
Michelle Weise is the author of Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet. She is a senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group. Her work over the last decade has concentrated on preparing working-age adults for the jobs of today and tomorrow. She was the chief innovation officer of Strada Education Network and founded Strada Institute for the Future of Work. Weise was also the chief innovation officer at Southern New Hampshire University and designed and led Sandbox Collaborative, the innovation center of SNHU. With Clayton Christensen, she coauthored Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution (2014) while leading the higher education practice at Christensen’s Institute for Disruptive Innovation.


Dale JohnsonDale Johnson, Director of Digital Innovation, Arizona State University
As director of digital innovations for the University Design Institute at Arizona State University, Dale Johnson works with university leaders to develop and implement digital solutions to enable student success. Those efforts have earned him the 2016 Sally M. Johnstone Award from WCET recognizing his thought leadership, excellence in practice, and demonstrated leadership capabilities. In 2018, Johnson was honored by the IMS Global Learning Consortium with an outstanding service award for his leadership of the adaptive courseware community of practice. He has spoken on the topic of digital innovation in higher education at more than 20 conferences in the USA, Rwanda, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam, and has led workshops on the subject at numerous universities.