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Inspirational TED talks about Innovation in Education

By Asomi College of Sciences
Lately, TED talks have become so famous that even higher education institutes such as colleges and universities are hosting their own TED talk conferences. Let us look at some of the most inspirational TED talks in the higher education field. How is higher education designed in the future in societal terms, and what is the true meaning of the learning process?

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Education in the current scenario

Besides the fact that higher education is undergoing a quick but radical technology-led transformation progress, more and more value is given to international education and exchange experiences. ACS ASOMI College of Sciences highly recommends the following list of highly inspirational TED talks.

  • Designing a university for the new millennium – David Helfand

After a 35-year long experience at Columbia University in New York, Dr Helfand detected a problem in current universities’ traditionalist structure. Currently, he redesigns higher education as both a founding tutor and president and vice-chancellor of Quest University Canada and gives his best advice in this TED talk.


  • International education – Mary Hayden

The promotion of empathy between cultures empowered by international education is the main point of Mary Hayden’s topic. International Baccalaureate and its relevance in the higher global scenario is what her talk focuses on. She highlights the importance of the bare education and the educational experience, which is crucial in turning learners into citizens aiming for a better sustainable future.

  •  The future of higher education – Kevin Manning

A former president of Stevenson University and with a long experience in higher education administration, Kevin Manning’s talk on the future of higher education is intensely inspirational. In his engaging talk, he argues that teaching will be done by distance learning and that cellphones will play an essential role in it. He moreover sustains that this will become the solution of providing education to everybody all around the world. All these changes will improve our lives and are guided mainly by digital devices and systems.

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  • Four pillars of college success in science – Freeman Hrabowski 

Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, promotes initiatives to help students belonging to racial minorities and the ones coming from low-income families to earn their degree in STEM areas. Moreover, while still a teenager, he took part in a march with Martin Luther King.

  • Higher education is not in the business you think it is – Glenn Platt  

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS), Glenn Platt, begins by bringing examples of a list of companies who are not in the business they initially seem to be. There, he arrives at the educational field and connects it to technology to encourage active learning inside the class while he sustains that lecture should be done out of it. He believes that the educational institutes should collaborate to create a unified network. 

  • Why study abroad – Marina Meijer  

Marina Meijer talks about the positive impact that her own abroad study experience has had on her life. She believes that an experience abroad is vital in terms of personal identity and life perspective. Moreover, her talk is inspirational because she has experienced an abroad study experience in the first person.

  • The value of travel – Rick Stevens  

An experienced traveller, Rick Stevens illustrates the importance and the value of his travels. He does it by emphasizing the experience his travels gave him and the lessons that he learned thanks to them. He does it by giving value to international education. 

  • Rethinking the way we provide access to higher education – Hila Azadzoy   

Hila Azadzoy talks about the dysfunctions of the admissions system in higher education. While talking about the admissions system, she underlines that bureaucracy and lack of documents make it difficult, especially for migrants who are therefore unable to reach their full learning potential. In her opinion, digital curricula, MOOCs, and blended learning programs should be encouraged to avoid bureaucratic issues. 

  • Education revolution – David Baker

David Baker’s main topic are the benefits brought about by the educational process. He underlines the importance that education has in underdeveloped countries. Baker argues that education is the solution to solve most problems afflicting the current society. He thus illustrates that education leads to (an educational) revolution.

  • Education for global citizenship – Seth Leighton  

A co-founder and the CEO of Envoys, Seth Leighton, shares ideas of establishing global citizenship with qualified experiential learning programs. Leighton claims that the latter ideas have to be valorized and brought about by promoting digital literacy. Studying abroad is crucial in developing knowledge and a good beginning for global citizenship.

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