Now is a good time to focus on a collective response to the accelerating changes of AI and on what we have learned from the COVID-19 crisis.
Kristen Eshleman is Vice President of Library and Information Technology at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is guiding the college's digital transformation strategy and leads a merged division focused on technology, information, and data as drivers and instruments of excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and student success.
Before joining Trinity College, she served as Director of Innovation Initiatives at Davidson College, where she led innovation strategy out of the President's Office. At Davidson, she guided projects designed to respond to external change pressures and facilitated bottom-up, community-driven initiatives with the potential to lower costs, generate new revenue, or meet other strategic goals.
Kristen is a co-founder of HAIL (Harvesting Academic Innovation for Learners), and has served on committees for LACOL (Liberal Arts Collaborative for Digital Innovation), iLIADS (Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship), and EDUCAUSE.
Complex adaptive systems offer higher education leaders a framework for understanding dramatic systemic change as well as approaches to engaging, managing, and driving change.
Guided by the principles of complexity science and working collectively, innovation leaders can and should develop the frameworks that both speak to academic values and help all of us in higher education adapt to a changing context.