The pandemic has reprogrammed a whole generation of learners. The vast adaptation to remote teaching has expanded their expectations for what a classroom and course can be. What does this shift mean for higher ed in the future? How should it engage prospective and current college students shaped by a once-in-a-century disruption?

To find out, the best-selling author Jeff Selingo and other experts will explore findings from a recent Chronicle survey of high school and college students about how they want technology to influence their learning environment.


In this special 75-minute session, our panelists will examine:

  • How much the pandemic’s shift to remote learning has changed students’ expectations for the classroom, teaching, and online courses.

  • What colleges can do to meet those emerging needs.

  • How institutional leaders can set a strategy to prepare for what students want after the pandemic.

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2:00 | Welcome and Introduction
Ian Wilhelm and Sebastian Distefano

2:05  | Chronicle Presentation
A New Generation of Learners
Jeff Selingo presents survey data and other information about how Covid-19 may impact what students expect from their college learning environment and the use of technology to support it.

2:15  | Chronicle Panel
Engaging a New Generation
Selingo interviews campus leaders Reginald DesRoches and Marcia Ballinger about how their institutions are preparing to teach students who have lived through Covid and how that experience may change students’ expectations about how they learn.

2:30 | Adobe Presentation
Engaging Students Beyond 2020
Amir Dabirian and Todd Taylor discuss accelerating imperatives to engage all students through experiential learning by equipping them with the technologies that drive digital transformation.

2:45 | Chronicle Panel
Technology for Engagement
The Chronicle's Ian Wilhelm will talk with Gina Siesing and Marc Austin about what remote education during the pandemic has taught higher education about using technology to engage students, whether in the classroom or the virtual space.

3:10 | Final Notes
Closing Remarks
Ian Wilhelm and Sebastian Distefano



Marc Austin

Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Education Division, George Mason University


Marcia Ballinger

Lorain County Community College


Amir Dabirian

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, California State University at Fullerton


Reginald DesRoches

Rice University


Sebastian Distefano

Global Director of Strategic Development,
Higher Education, Adobe


Jeff Selingo

Author of Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admission


Gina Siesing

Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College


Todd Taylor

Adobe Pedagogical Evangelist and the Eliason Distinguished Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Ian Wilhelm

Assistant Managing Editor,
The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Engaging a New Generation of Learners