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Join 2U, Inc. at ASU + GSV 2020

Written by 2U on Sep 14, 2020

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For years, 2U, Inc. has been a proud sponsor of the ASU + GSV Summit, one of the top edtech conferences bringing together leaders across the world to discuss the future of work and education. Throughout our partnership, ASU + GSV has served as a platform for us to share some of our most momentous announcements, including our recent acquisition of Trilogy Education. This year, we look forward to again providing quality content and insights, but this time, we’ll do it online.

With seven sessions slated for 2020, we’ll be covering a large breadth of topics, ranging from how to remain employer competitive during a pandemic to evidence-based learning design to solving the skills gap. And with the conference free this year (here's our registration code: 2UGSVvirtual2020), you can join along for the ride.

Check out each of our sessions below to learn more about how we’re showing up at ASU + GSV this year and download our one-pager for easy access to our schedule. We look forward to seeing you online. #2UatASUGSV

Tuesday, September 29 at 1:15pm PT


  • Jennifer Henry, SVP, Career Services, 2U
  • Yachica Gonzalez, Corporate Recruiter, Microsoft

Millions of Americans are experiencing job loss and financial hardship due to COVID-19, and a lot of these jobs aren’t coming back. As society navigates this difficult reality, many are seeking quick and affordable “education-to-workforce” pathways that yield market-relevant skills for secure job placement both in today’s choppy labor market and the eventual post-pandemic world. Join 2U SVP, Career Services Jennifer Henry and Microsoft Corporate Recruiter Yachica Gonzalez to hear what it takes for working professionals to remain employer competitive during a pandemic-era economy as well as how skills-based training programs that align with industry demands—such as tech bootcamps—can be powerful career pathways to gain the coveted skills that employers seek.

Wednesday, September 30 at 10:30am PT


  • Chip Paucek, Co-Founder and CEO, 2U
  • Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Join Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett and 2U, Inc. Co-Founder and CEO Chip Paucek for a discussion around the powerful lessons they’ve learned along their leadership journeys, including the importance of embracing discomfort, casting aside unrealistic expectations, maintaining relentless drive in the face of skeptics, and more.

Wednesday, September 30 at 12:30pm PT


  • Rachel Koblic, Senior Director of Course Strategy, 2U

It’s no secret that the hybridization of higher education happened almost overnight with the sudden arrival of COVID-19. Given the pandemic has ultimately created a “new normal” for the higher education industry, online instruction can no longer be viewed as merely a forced experiment or temporary fix—rather, a transformational approach worthy of institutions’ commitment and investment. But to date, many of the online learning experiences universities offer are still no more than direct replicas of the residential classroom, whereas digital tools and technology allow us to do so much more than this simple translation. Join 2U, Inc. Senior Director of Course Strategy Rachel Koblic to learn how universities can use evidence-based principles of learning science to transcend this replication and achieve truly transformative digital education to enhance the student learning experience.

Wednesday, September 30 at 1:30pm PT


  • Ryan O’Mahoney, Managing Director, Short Courses, 2U
  • Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab, Founder & President
  • Andrew Flagel, Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Rufus Glasper, President and CEO at League for Innovation in the Community College
  • John Farrar, Industry Leader - Education, Google

With 7.4 m US jobs unfilled in mid 2019, it's no wonder employers are looking upstream for talent. JPMC CEO Jamie Dimon is telling the public, "forget degrees, we need skills." The fastest growing offering at community colleges are quickly becoming short-term "micro-pathways," with industry-driven certifications. Some employers are pushing colleges to offer these 6-18 month credential "stacks", like Google and Amazon, others are end-running the colleges altogether.

As we begin to create micro-pathways based on high demand competencies, are we setting up a world where employers and colleges compete for learners to teach the hottest technical skills and students never get back to school to gain the higher order liberal arts degrees? While the labor market demands a more agile solution to supply talent for fast-growing jobs, learners need an education that is affordable, accessible, portable, and visible and that leads to meaningful economic opportunity.

Some employers are building their own training programs and skills badging pathways, like IBM and Salesforce, while others, like automaker Tesla, fast food giant McDonalds, Google and Amazon, are turning to community colleges to deliver short-term, customized programs to train new workers and upskill current employees. Colleges are feeling the pressure. Traditional enrollment is declining.

Is a third way possible? Might forward-leaning colleges, particularly community colleges, pave the way for how higher ed and employers can work together to solve the skills gap? In this panel, higher ed leaders and employers who are hungry for solutions will debate the best way forward.

Thursday, October 1 at 12:00pm PT


  • Ryan O’Mahoney, Managing Director, Short Courses, 2U
  • Ann-Mari Hofinger, Head of Product Strategy & Research, 2U
  • Karina Bean, Director, Product Strategy & Research, 2U

When contemplating the future of work, the human race often feels we have no control over what’s coming next, especially as our workforce continues to face increased advancements and breakthroughs in AI and other emerging technologies. But the changes shaping the future of work are considerably more complex than technical disruptions: they comprise a number of converging forces driven by humans and our evolving behavior, needs, and values. Join 2U Managing Director, Short Courses Ryan O’Mahoney, 2U Head of Product Strategy & Research Ann-Mari Hofinger, and 2U Director, Product Strategy & Research Karina Bean to hear the results from 2U’s recent Future of Work survey in which we examine the biggest factors driving change in the workforce and discover how we can not only adapt to this new way of working, but also thrive as a result of it.

Thursday, October 1 at 12:45pm PT


  • Shadee Barkan, SVP, University Partnerships, 2U
  • Maureen MacDonald, Dean, University of Toronto
  • Gary Matkin, Dean, Continuing Education, UCI
  • Richard Novak, Vice President for the Division of Continuing Studies, Rutgers University
  • Marc Austin, Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education Division, George Mason University

Innovation in Higher Education is happening all around us; from new platforms and disruptive technologies to the increasingly important role that corporations are playing across the post secondary landscape. With all of this change, there is often a key player inside the University that continues to evolve as an agent of change, the Extension School. Hear from a panel of Extension School Deans who talk about their role of driving innovation from within.

Thursday, October 1 at 2:15pm PT


  • Luyen Chou, Chief Learning Officer, 2U
  • Goldie Blumenstyk, Reporter & Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Josh Nester, Education Director, Seek
  • Simon Nelson, CEO, Futurelearn
  • Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, Harvard University
  • Anne Keehn, Global Education Lead, Zoom

As the virus spread, over 200M higher ed students around the world were forced online overnight. Will this forced experiment forever shift the way learners, faculty, business leaders, and even the government think about the potential of online learning?

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