• xTalks: Digital Discourses

The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies. To sign up for the xTalks mailing list, click here.

This event has passed

Brandon Busteed: Why Old School is New School in Higher Education

Brandon Busteed

Extensive Gallup studies over the past couple of years have measured things that have never been measured before in education, including the largest representative study of college graduates and their long-term career and life outcomes. Surprising findings will re-shape our thinking about what elements of the higher education experience and curriculum are most important for the long-term success of graduates.


Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, Brandon Busteed is also an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon integrates Gallup's research to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation, and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education.

Brandon is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. An internationally known speaker and author on education policy, Brandon has frequently written for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship Magazine, The Huffington Post, Fast Company and other publications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today and on NPR and the NBC News “TODAY” show, among others.

For a student perspective on Busteed's xTalk, read Timmy Hussain's blog post.