A special Your Workplace feature wouldn’t be complete without talking to the educators. With a global pandemic affecting how we work, learn and play, Canada’s (and the world’s) institutions of higher learning are looking at the future of education as well as the challenges, successes and upcoming endeavours needed to make education as strong as it can be. The goal: providing the best future workforce possible. Your Workplace editor and deputy publisher Joel Kranc spoke with four heads of Canadian universities: Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor with Carleton University; Graham Carr, President and Vice-Chancellor with Concordia University; Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor with York University; and Jill Scott, Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs with University of Ottawa. The following is an edited version of that roundtable on-screen discussion.

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What are you doing to ensure education, online or otherwise, is going to meet the needs of students in the future?

Do you form some sort of committee between students and faculty?

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Will students be missing out by not being in close contact during lectures? How can you accommodate for that?

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Expand on the student experience and how we can accommodate them.

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There will be something missing from the cultural element of campus life. Do you think that will affect mental health?

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When it comes to getting applied knowledge and transferring it to the working world, what are the benefits or weaknesses of online learning or virtual learning?

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How do you create a positive work culture at your university when more staff are off-campus and online?

How does education need to adapt to meet the new demands of the workplace?

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