The status quo of how we serve learners simply won’t cut it anymore.
We need a framework for innovation that creates buy-in and alignment at all levels.
We accelerate innovation using technology-enabled collaboration to produce radical alignment
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that the status quo of how we serve learners after high school just isn’t going to cut it for much longer. Public opinion is declining and many feel that the traditional model of higher education is becoming obsolete.
We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit solution shop comprised of like-minded people who believe that the state of higher education impacts every facet of society, and is one of the most important indicators of our success as a nation. More >
Today’s learners shy away from the rigid timelines and traditional career paths of yesterday – and with good reason. After all, a typical semester or quarter schedule no longer works for most adult learners who have fully embraced learning and working environments that are no longer place-bound.
Taking on crippling debt has ceased to be seen as a fair trade-off for a degree that may not adequately prepare them for their chosen careers.
That is especially true of emerging careers like those in tech, which demand a culture of lifelong learning and upskilling, and often don’t require formal degree-based education.
Lasting change requires solutions that span departments, silos, and rank, and that is our goal – to facilitate innovation, not to dictate what the right innovation might be.
You see, WebStudy Foundation does not exist to dictate the answers to the challenges facing learners and higher education institutions.
Instead, our intention is to empower stakeholders to ask the hard questions about how our systems, processes, and assumptions must change to ensure future success, and to give them a framework to innovate decisions to make lasting change that all parties are in alignment on executing.
We don’t presume to strut into the offices of institutional leadership with a list in hand of changes that need to be made. That kind of approach rarely leads to meaningful change anyway.
Besides, this country is incredibly, beautifully diverse. What works for one institution and community may not work for another. Similarly, what one struggles with, another may excel at.
You might go so far as to say we are solution agnostic.
Our founders are social entrepreneurs and philanthropists with three decades transitioning from serving corporate training to formal education, we have plenty of ideas of what the future of lifetime learning could look like. We believe that the most sustainable solutions are the ones everyone creates to fit their learners needs.
Naturally, the solutions everyone can get behind are the ones all stakeholders helped to create.
So instead of spending our time trying to push our ideas of what lifelong learning should look like, we sought out the methods and technology that have been most successful in bringing ALL BRAINS ON DECK to answer big questions and solve wicked problems worldwide.
Using a proven methodology we
to empower diverse stakeholders to innovate solutions to the biggest problems facing higher ed and workforce development today.
a process that empowers stakeholders to source solutions organically, in a way that ensures buy-in and alignment in a virtual convening designed for collaboration not redundancy.
diverse groups to reimagine the way their institutions and communities serve tomorrow’s learners using technology-enabled methods to harness the collective intelligence of all stakeholders.
innovation. With this proven process, organizations can leave behind the semesters-long decision-making cycles of old.
Facilitating productive conversations is as old as the tribes. Today, our society is seeing this kind of communication come full circle to address today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times. In such divided times, it has perhaps never been more important to bring “all brains on deck” to break down divisions and create solutions we can all get behind.
The methodology we use and the technology that supports it have been used to create alignment and source solutions around some of the biggest challenges of the past twenty years.
Whether its bringing thousands of displaced residents together with city officials to formulate a holistic recovery plan for New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, or distilling 30 hours of think tanks into five concrete proposals to be presented to world leaders at two G20 summits, we know technology-empowered collaboration works.
And yet, to date, it has not been fully harnessed to solve the fundamental issues facing learning and working in the United States. Issues that impact every citizen and resident including:
The WebStudy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating a positive social impact as education and workforce development proactively journeys through an innovated future. Our vision is for higher education institutions to be sustainable and thrive in this century.
In 1997, Gisele and Curt partnered with Professor Doug McConatha and his then graduate student, Daniel Franc to commercialize, market, and support a LMS (Learning Management System) holding the name, WebStudy. In conjunction with a consortium of colleges and universities, they partnered with WHYY to downsize telecourse delivery of distance education and ramp up online learning. After conceding to the LMS market leaders, operations ceased in 2019. That is when the founders started exploring how action-research could be applied to an industry in need of innovation in every facet of their operations.
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