Lecturers to Change Agents: Which One Are You?


Article By: Dr. Ken Bartlett

In a world that is spinning faster than ever, the classroom has become the frontline where the past, present, and future collide.

As an instructor, you know this better than most. You are the captain, responsible for inspiring the next generation to rise up to meet the challenges of the 21st century world that is vastly different from the one that you grew up in. You have seen this firsthand – the integration of disruptive technologies have added many unprecedented dimensions to the world of work.

The rulebook has turned to a blank page.

The demands of tomorrow can no longer be met with the dogma of the past.

In this new frontier, it is vital for you to no longer see yourself as instructors but as change agents.

So what do we mean by that?

We define a change agent as anyone who helps an organization transform by improving processes and interpersonal interactions in the small scale, which helps encourage people to adapt to the future on a larger scale.

Your students have most likely been conditioned by ways of teaching that are no longer efficient or effective. The textbook is a relic of the past. That is the simple truth, which is why it is so critical to change the status quo in order to arm our youth with skills that will make them competitive in the globalized market.

As a crucial member of the MS2W network, you have shown that you embrace a progressive change in education. We believe that this is best embodied through an innovative, project-based learning model, but we also believe that simply following a procedure is not enough.

We need to start preparing students through experience rather than memorization.

We need to shatter the “one-size-fits-all” fallacy and tailor curriculum to the students, not the other way around. Most importantly, we need to adapt the classroom so that it aligns with how this next generation sees the world. We need to allow ourselves to the opportunity to learn from our students so that we can better understand how to prepare them for the unpredictability of the modern world.

It is a bold commitment. But it is time for us to charge into the future side-by-side with our students. The way forward is through disruption, and the only way that can happen is if we create a synergetic bond between us and our students.

The MS2W model is a step in the right direction, but it is only the start.

The future is here. Are you ready?