Breakthrough Models Academy

  • July 13–17, 2015 | Chicago, IL
  • Summer and Fall 2014 | Online
  • February, 2016 | ELI Annual Meeting

Breakthrough Models Academy

1) The Residential Program, July 13–17, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Each day Academy teams will engage with speakers on topics informing the development of new models across today's higher education landscape, including new approaches to problem solving like Design Thinking, new perspectives on the business model, changes in the policy environment and the development and use of technology/data for student success. Teams will also have dedicated time to work together, incorporating these fresh insights into their own model design sketches.

2) The Coach-Supported Model Design Program, Summer & Fall 2015 | Online

Following the week in Chicago, teams on both the Innovators Track (individuals from different institutions working together) and the Ambassadors Track (institutionally-based teams working together) receive access to EDUCAUSE resources and coaching to support continued work on their model designs. Teams focusing on competency-based education (CBE) will be supported by Charla Long, a founding member of the Competency-Based Education Network. Teams focusing on other topics will be supported by Thomas Cavanagh, nationally recognized expert in distance learning from University of Central Florida.

3) The Model Design Presentation, February, 2016 | San Antonio, TX

Model design presentations will take place at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting 2016. Using a rubric, the Academy participants and a panel of education innovators will score each model plan. Exemplary plans will be showcased at the ELI Annual Meeting and featured on the NGLC and EDUCAUSE websites.

Program cost: $2,500/per person plus travel and accommodations. Special thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for funding part of this program.

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Participants Said:

On the BMA experience:

"There’s nothing like sitting in a room of people who have completely different experiences to your own, and hearing what they have to say about what’s important in their institutions."

- Judith Peacock, Queensland University of Technology

"It’s not just an exercise – it’s a way for us to come up with a project that will actually make a difference."

- Kelvin Bentley, Cuyahoga Community College

On program attendees:

"They are all incredibly enthusiastic about expanding big-picture thinking, and there’s a rockstar list of speakers who come through."

- Kim Round, Saint Anselm College



Contact Us

For information about this program, please contact Nancy Millichap, Program Officer, Next Generation Learning Challenges