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Leading Higher Education

The world’s largest network of EdTech and Higher Education Professionals have joined forces to curate a course that seeks to empower Higher Education professionals to lead and navigate their teams and organisations through the rapidly changing ed-sector terrain.

A course for existing and aspirant leaders in the ed-sector.

Higher Education has not been immune to the disruption brought about by technology and an accelerating pace of change. This course, founded on a credible and curated body of knowledge from leading EdTech and Higher Education experts, will help leaders in Higher Education to understand both the challenges and opportunities that exist in the next wave of Higher Education.


Program Overview

Week 00 | Orientation

Week 01 | Higher Educations' massive transformational potential

Week 02 | Higher Ed's "future team"

Week 03 | Challenges of the modern era

Week 04 | Creating a compelling vision of the future

Price | $495 USD (~$650 AUD)

Duration | 4 weeks

Effort | 3-4 hours per week

Cohort size | 40

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Week 00

Prepare yourself for this immersive learning experience. Familiarise yourself with Cahoot’s collaborative learning platform and navigate through a brief orientation module that will set you up for success and help you get comfortable with your online learning journey.

Higher Educations' massive transformational potential

Week 01

Herein we introduce and explore the idea of the ‘infinite market’, suggesting that the business of education presents limitless commercial potential thus making it extremely attractive for investment which brings with it the lead and lag variables of innovation and disruption.


By reflecting on the purpose, demand for and beneficiaries of Higher Education, learnings from this topic will help in qualifying the hypothesis that as the acquisition of new knowledge is unbounded so then is the need for dissemination, demonstration and explanation, or more simply put education.

Thus, revealing education to be a market of limitless potential.

Higher Ed's "future team"

Week 02

It’s no longer controversial that Higher Educations’ professional team needs look different tomorrow than today. All industries are being disrupted by new ideas, technology and globalisation, Higher Ed. is not exempt. Inspiration and purpose-led leadership aside, we need to build new capability, skills and competencies in our teams.


This weeks’ topics will tackle the Higher Ed. team of tomorrow; the role of professional development; incentives; the gig economy/crowdsourcing, collaboration and partnerships.

Challenges of the modern era

Week 03

Join the (dis)course in week 3 where we enjoy meaningful, candid and constructive discussions on the many contemporary issues leaders face regarding free speech on campus; enrolment inequality; institutional rankings; transfer in students; funding mechanisms; equity across private and public sectors, for-profit and non-award versus award program providers; the purpose of endowments; the Ivy’s; heightened competition; and the financial sustainability imperative … among other things.

Creating a compelling vision of the future

Week 04

Bringing the program to a close, we consider Higher Ed. 2030 and beyond. Among many topics queued for debate we pay especial attention to the role of Higher Education in society, how we regain trust in our institutions and academic experts, as well as to surface the important role of existing and emerging ed-sector leaders in building a more equitable, informed and just society.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela … our responsibility to the people of the world to make sure that we change it for the better.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be ready to:

  • Embrace the ever-present opportunity arising from the rapidly changing learning ecosystem.

  • Find, secure and retain the skills, talents and human capability you need to drive your organisation forward in the pursuit of your organisational objectives.

  • Having debated many of the challenging and complex situations currently on offer in the sector with fellow participants and with experts in the program, be confident in your leadership decisions.

  • Create and share your compelling vision for your future and the future of your organisation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the course adjust to my schedule?

CONNECTed's courses are modular release, cohort-led and offer a hyflex model with both synchronous (optional) and asynchronous elements that collectively provide an unrivalled learning experience. 

While best enjoyed 'with the pack', the course flexes to your schedule and occasional absence from the program shouldn't substantively impact the outcome.

Why is there a waitlist, why can't I start now?

We believe in the power of community. You join this program with domain experience, competencies and skills that compliment the learning experience for others and vice versa.

While expert facilitators are there to guide the conversation, share insights and encourage debate, it's through discourse, encouragement and interrogating others points of view where true learning takes place.

We'll notify you when we reach 40 participants. From there we'll endeavour to start the program within 10 days. This threshold will ensure a memorable experience for all.

I want to enrol in this course but Covid has been brutally unkind - do you offer discounts?

Our courses are well priced commensurate with value. That said, we recognise that situations arise from time-to-time in our lives that see us needing to prioritise lower-order needs through sheer neccesity.

If your circumstances are such that you cannot afford the course fee as it stands, please send us a note and we will send you a discount code relative to what you can afford, no questions asked.

Fees must not be an obstacle to you joining our community intent on bringing about meaningful and sustainable reform in our sector. 

Who is your typical participant?

We've enjoyed the company of former VC's/Presidents to current serving Provosts, Managing Directors, SVP's and a raft of talented EdTech leadership from every continent.


Our participants are 60:40 traditional University & College, mid-senior management versus 40% coming fromOPM/OPX and Venture Capital.


Prominent Universities including Stanford, HarvardX, LSE, UCI, National University System and large EdTech companies like 2U, Academic Partnerships, Keypath, iDesign, InStride among many others have trusted us with the professional development of their people.

Facilitation team

In addition to a range of experts availing themselves to support participants learning throughout the course, the following team members enrich your learning experience across the program.


Terri Givens

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Professor of Political Science, McGill University


Marybeth Gasman

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Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University


Mordecai Ian Brownlee

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President, Community College of Aurora


Joe Sallustio

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Executive Vice President & COO, Claremont Lincoln University

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