MANY FACTORS ARE forcing educational institutions to rethink the learning process: new technologies, global competition, the rising cost of traditional higher education, and a more diverse body of students who frequently look for educational resources outside of expetraditional degree programs. To seek innovative new pedagogical approaches to higher education, the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is partnering with QS Quacquarelli Symonds, publisher of QS World University Rankings, to launch a global competition.
The “Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014—Reimagine Education” competition will promote the latest innovations in online, onsite, and blended learning environments around the world. The partners are welcoming entries from any university or enterprise, whether public or private, profit or nonprofit. Innovators will be recognized in the categories of arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, social sciences, professional and executive education, and overall pedagogical innovation. Entries must be submitted by August 31 to reimagine-education.com.
Pedagogical innovations will be showcased at a three-day global conference on December 8 through 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition, an e-book of the leading entries will be published in February 2015, alongside the release of the QS World University Ranking by Subjects 2015.