The Rise of the Autodidactic Degree
An economic downturn, fewer jobs, new expectations for workers — whatever the reason, times are changing. People are realizing the financial burden of student loans and the struggle to find a job after graduation. Meanwhile, their role models are both some of the most successful people in business AND college dropouts — Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, to name a few. We’re entering a new reality, where education and opportunity are what you create. This means thousands upon thousands of people are asking the same question, “Is a college degree really worth the money or can I get the same information and training for free online?” It’s a defining time for universities, students, graduates and businesses. This session will explore what this shift means and how both businesses and education systems should react.
- How are academic institutions addressing the disruptive changes that are the result of democratized access to content, information and training online?
- What should prospective university students consider when looking at autodidactic options?
- What skillsets should potential employers be looking for during this shift towards autodidactic experience?
- What are some of the tools that are available to those looking for educational options in the digital space?
- How are technologies (not just the web), are enabling this shift to self-education and training?
- Nicola Smith Engauge
Stephanie Critchfield Engauge