On March 18th, ASU President Michael Crow and Georgetown President John Degioia announced the partnership and upcoming launch of Institute for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership on Shindig. They invited guests to participate in a vibrant discussion between university presidents, authors, students, educators, consultants, entrepreneurs, government officials and CEOs.
Using Shindig, they were able to promote the occasion to their email subscribers, students, faculty, social media followers, press contacts, website visitors and the wider high ed community across the country and world, inviting them to join the event via Shindig. Unlike a traditional live stream or web cast, online audience members were able to network, share the experience with one another and ask questions of the hosts via video chat. The online audience reached 3x the capacity of the physical auditorium space. The Shindig platform facilitated dynamic participation and the high value attendees joining from Florida to Washington State keenly watched the panel discussions, networked with one another and asked questions.
The vibrant discussion was punctuated with a thought provoking online video chat question from Kaplan’s Chief Learning Office, Bror Saxberg. The Institute, which will begin as a pilot program this fall, is envisioned as an executive training program that will meet over four long weekends each year, and serve as a new training ground for would-be higher education leaders.