Future Employment & Robotics

Several Oxford University academics analyzed a number of worker trait factors that assessed the susceptibility of occupations to be automated by robots. They based their calculations “on nine key skills required to perform it; social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped work space.”

This article provides the reader an opportunity to input a specific occupation and the algorithm behind the data input will provide a indication as to the likelihood of the occupation being automated in the next two decades. According to the research, 35% of the occupations in the UK will be automated by 2035.


The outcome of this data reflects the importance of students and educational guidance counselors to be mindful of occupations that may become extinct for human workers.people-working-in-various-occupations

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What Teachers Make

I am an avid watcher of TED Talks. I found this poignant presentation by Taylor Mali, “What Teachers Make” to be a heart-warming representation of the profession I have chosen as my most favorite occupation in my professional career – to be an educator.

To quote TED Talks about this video, “Ever heard the phrase ‘Those who can’t do, teach’? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.”

This presentation may be a bit raw in places but the messages is quite clear, teachers make a difference!



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Applying Quality Matters Standards to Blended & Online Courses – A Case Study

In March 2015 I presented this topic to the annual meeting of the Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA).

This is a PDF of the slides that were presented: Applying Quality Matters Standards to Blended & Online Courses – A Case Study

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Lean Startups in Higher Education

We are starting to look at starting some new program offering at my university. We are using the concept of lean startups, as shared by Eric Ries. It is definitely a paradigm shift from how we have approached program design in the past. This article is an interesting interview with Ries that shares some of his thoughts on how to use his lean startup method in higher education.


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Copyright and Intellectual Properties Rights in Digital Learning

A recent Inside Higher Ed article by Doug Lederman, The Pulse: Copyright in Online Education, provided an excellent link to a Rod’s Pulse Podcast concerning copyrighting associated with online education.

With the rapid of growth in online learning teaching and learning opportunities education institutions, faculty, and students need to be cognizant of the copyright and intellectual properties rights of material posted on the Internet and in digital classrooms.

The direct link to the podcast is: http://www.rodspulsepodcast.com/



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Addressing Teachers Concerns about Online Learning – Education Next : Education Next

As we transition to new new teaching and learning pedagogy and andragogy online and blended learning teaching and learning skills are essential to 21st century educators and students. Click on the title below to review an intere s ting article on online and blended teaching and learning.

Addressing Teachers Concerns about Online Learning – Education Next : Education Next.



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Credit/Seat-time vs. Competency-based Credits

As our university begins a university-wide assessment of our seat-time compliance for credit hours in all our courses, the education landscape continues to consider changes to assess a student’s competency of a subject matter instead of how much seat-time the student may have had for a specific subject/course.

This article, “More Cracks in the Credit Hour” provides an interesting overview to the changes that may begin to take place if the education regulators and federal loan grantors begin to consider alternatives to the current Carnegie unit method of assessing a students subject competency.

My thought is that if a student can demonstrate her/his competency of a subject by various learning outcome assessments, that this would be more valuable to the student in gaining knowledge and retaining knowledge then requiring a student to have enough seat-time and learning outcomes to prove she/he has gained the requite knowledge of a particular subject. Higher education has been using subject-based proficiency examinations for may years through CLEP and DSST examinations.

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