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Negotiating the Next University

Gigi Johnson (Maremel Institute/UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Featured Session
Southern Hemisphere II
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 6
Virtual Session

How can we renegotiate the next university and move beyond traditional routines and systems like email, meetings, and painful traditional strategy sessions?

Extended Abstract

How can we renegotiate the next university while stuck in traditional routines and systems like email, meetings, and painful traditional strategy sessions?

Many of us struggle to expand next-generation teaching and learning at a distance. Yet we design these new programs with 10+-year-old systems. You are not alone. And your organization is not alone in trying to build schools of the future with slow and sleepy tools. Your students probably have been encouraged to use superior collaboration systems than your staff and teams are working with.

Dr. Gigi Johnson will push us to think about negotiating our next-generation programs differently. She will share stories of success, frustration and stagnation across campuses and highly distributed organizations. She will help us share ideas and a few tools rethink how we can work together to re-negotiate the next university.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Gigi Johnson, as Executive Director of the Maremel Institute, helps groups create intentional change -- being a "future maker," not "future taker." Her work focuses on how we can be active change agents in how technology is transforming education, media, and other cultural industries. Maremel advises leadership teams on how to build new structures and social expectations to thrive under new technologies and business models. Currently, she is building a new UCLA Center for Music Innovation and working for two other universities on creating or changing programs and systems. She also is working within several complex non-profits to help them design their future growth.

She speaks extensively on digital innovation and social expectations. In addition to her work teaching digital media at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, she taught about digital disruption for more than 10 years at UCLA Anderson, at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Until 2005, she had been Executive Director of the UCLA Anderson's Entertainment and Media Management Institute.

Dr. Johnson has her EdD from Fielding Graduate University, MBA from UCLA Anderson, and BA in Cinema-TV Production from the University of Southern California.