2024 Gene A. Budig Lecture will explore ‘Designing the Future of Learning’

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Education & Human Sciences welcomes James D. Basham, professor in the Department of Special Education, as the 2023 Budig Teaching Professorship in Special Education award recipient and featured lecturer for 2024. 

Basham will present “Designing the Future of Learning” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in 150 Joseph R. Pearson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Registrants who cannot attend in person have the option to join virtually. Individuals interested in attending in person or virtually are encouraged to RSVP now on the event page and mark their calendars. Registrants will receive Zoom log in information to the email used for registration.

In his presentation, Basham will discuss how incorporating design principles that prioritize inclusivity, continuous improvement, and critical thinking can empower educators to craft engaging learning environments that foster student ownership. "The future belongs to those who adapt. Student-centered learning fosters creativity and resilience, skills far more valuable than standardized knowledge in a world disrupted by AI,” said Basham. “Our education system must evolve to meet this future."

Basham's scholarship focuses on developing future-ready learning environments that are equitable, beneficial, and meaningful for all learners. He has a particular interest in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, artificial intelligence, STEM education, learner-centered design, innovation, and technology in human learning. He received his doctorate in educational psychology & special education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more about Basham online.

The Gene A. Budig Professorships and lecture series were established in 1994 by Gene A. Budig, KU’s 14th chancellor, and his wife. Learn more about the lecture series online. The KU School of Education & Human Sciences is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators and human science professionals as leaders.