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Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Mindful Colleague
Jul 12 2022
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Mindful Colleague
In our third season, we will explore the new Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a framework that defines the digital skills needed for success in the future of work. Released in late 2020, the Profile includes five Features that unpack the intersection of digital and lifelong learning skills. Nested under each Feature are three Practices - habits that adult learners, job seekers, and workers should develop to thrive at work, in school, and in community life. Our hope is that the research-backed Profile will help job seekers, workers, and job coaches build new skills that effectively prepare today’s workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Check out skillrise.org/profile to explore the framework and learn about the methodology for how it was developed. In this episode, we explore the fifth of five Profile Features: Mindful Colleague. Joining us for the conversation are two of our SkillRise advisors: Anson Green, Senior Manager, Economic Opportunity, Tyson FoodsAlexandra (Alex) Foster, Vice President of People Experience, KellyIn this episode, we talk about:The multiplying effect of collaborative learning at workHow technology can enhance teams’ ability to learn and collaborateThe role of digital tools in supporting more equitable access to learning and advancement opportunitiesHow leaders can use technology to empower staff with new responsibilities and growth experiencesThe mindsets that lead to effective adoption and use of technologyNotes from Episode 5ISTE’s SkillRise InitiativeAbout the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)The Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a research-backed framework that defines the digital skills needed to thrive in the future of work. The Profile Micro-learning Experience, a 10-minute mobile-friendly interactive that introduces the Profile and how its Features come to life at school, at work, and in community life. Guests on this episodeAnson Green, Senior Manager, Economic OpportunityTyson FoodsOn LinkedInAlexandra (Alex) Foster, Vice President of People ExperienceKellyOn LinkedInMercer’s 2019/2020 US compensation planning survey
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Solution Seeker
Jul 5 2022
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Solution Seeker
In our third season, we will explore the new Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a framework that defines the digital skills needed for success in the future of work. Released in late 2020, the Profile includes five Features that unpack the intersection of digital and lifelong learning skills. Nested under each Feature are three Practices - habits that adult learners, job seekers, and workers should develop to thrive at work, in school, and in community life. Our hope is that the research-backed Profile will help job seekers, workers, and job coaches build new skills that effectively prepare today’s workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Check out skillrise.org/profile to explore the framework and learn about the methodology for how it was developed. In this episode, we explore the fourth of five Profile Features: Solution Seeker. Joining us for the conversation are two of our SkillRise advisors: Tacy Trowbridge, Lead for Global Education Thought Leadership & Advocacy for AdobeKelly Middleton, Manager, Program Implementation for the National Association of Workforce BoardsIn this episode, we talk about:What can help teams find success in the digital ageHow to build meaningful online communitiesThe power of video in helping us do important workHow to lead in uncertain times and approach complex problemsThe importance of creating opportunities for learning at workHow to structure more meaningful feedback sessionsNotes from Episode 4ISTE’s SkillRise InitiativeAbout the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)The Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a research-backed framework that defines the digital skills needed to thrive in the future of work. The Profile Micro-learning Experience, a 10-minute mobile-friendly interactive that introduces the Profile and how its Features come to life at school, at work, and in community life. Guests on this episodeTacy Trowbridge, Lead for Global Education Thought Leadership & AdvocacyAdobeOn LinkedInOn TwitterKelly Middleton, Manager, Program ImplementationNational Association of Workforce BoardsOn LinkedInHosted by Brandon Olszewski, Director of ResearchInternational Society for Technology in EducationOn LinkedInOn Twitter
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Digital Citizen
Jun 28 2022
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Digital Citizen
In our third season, we will explore the new Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a framework that defines the digital skills needed for success in the future of work. Released in late 2020, the Profile includes five Features that unpack the intersection of digital and lifelong learning skills. Nested under each Feature are three Practices - habits that adult learners, job seekers, and workers should develop to thrive at work, in school, and in community life. Our hope is that the research-backed Profile will help job seekers, workers, and job coaches build new skills that effectively prepare today’s workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Check out skillrise.org/profile to explore the framework and learn about the methodology for how it was developed. In this episode, we explore the third of five Profile Features: Digital Citizen. Joining us for the conversation are two of our SkillRise advisors: Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)Kate Ash, Consulting Director for the Workforce Innovation Network at National Governors AssociationIn this episode, we talk about:The importance of digital citizenship in the modern worldWhy digital citizenship needs to be more than just online safetyHow states and governors have used the pandemic to assess and evolve communication and delivery systemsThe benefit of using standards frameworks to align language and simplify conversations across systemsHow human-centered design can support more accessible and equitable outcomesNotes from Episode 3ISTE’s SkillRise InitiativeAbout the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)The Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a research-backed framework that defines the digital skills needed to thrive in the future of work. The Profile Micro-learning Experience, a 10-minute mobile-friendly interactive that introduces the Profile and how its Features come to life at school, at work, and in community life. Guests on this episodeRichard Culatta, Chief Executive OfficerInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)On LinkedInOn TwitterKate Ash Consulting DirectorWorkforce Innovation Network at National Governors AssociationOn LinkedInOn TwitterHosted by Brandon Olszewski, Director of ResearchInternational Society for Technology in EducationOn LinkedInOn TwitterNGA’s State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce NowHarvard’s Implicit Bias TestLessons Learned In Workforce Innovation: How Ten Governors Are Redesigning Workforce Systems For Better Employment Outcomes
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Empowered Worker
Jun 21 2022
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Empowered Worker
In our third season, we will explore the new Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a framework that defines the digital skills needed for success in the future of work. Released in late 2020, the Profile includes five Features that unpack the intersection of digital and lifelong learning skills. Nested under each Feature are three Practices - habits that adult learners, job seekers, and workers should develop to thrive at work, in school, and in community life. Our hope is that the research-backed Profile will help job seekers, workers, and job coaches build new skills that effectively prepare today’s workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Check out skillrise.org/profile to explore the framework and learn about the methodology for how it was developed. In this episode, we explore the second of five Profile Features: Empowered Worker. Joining us for the conversation are three of our SkillRise advisors: Jen Vanek, Director of Digital Learning and Research at the Edtech Center @ World EducationSharon Leu, Executive in Residence at JFFLabsIn this episode, we talk about:How technology can improve career exploration for job seekersThe role of learning employment records (LERs) and digital wallets in a skills-based hiring and advancement ecosystemHow employers can be thinking about the role of upskilling as a job benefit and retention strategyThe importance of connecting upskilling programs to meaningful advancement opportunities and what role managers can play in supporting those connectionsThe benefits of using social media to promote your work and connect with others that have shared interestsNotes from Episode 2ISTE’s SkillRise InitiativeAbout the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)The Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a research-backed framework that defines the digital skills needed to thrive in the future of work. The Profile Micro-learning Experience, a 10-minute mobile-friendly interactive that introduces the Profile and how its Features come to life at school, at work, and in community life. Guests on this episodeJen Vanek, Director of Digital Learning and Research Edtech Center @ World EducationOn LinkedIn: @jvanekOn Twitter: @VanekJenSharon Leu, Executive in ResidenceJFFLabsOn LinkedIn: @sharonleuOn Twitter: @thesharonleuHosted by Brandon Olszewski, Director of ResearchInternational Society for Technology in EducationOn LinkedInOn TwitterJFF Market Scan on Digital WalletsJFF Career Navigation Technology 2020 Report21 CLEO Research Project from World Education
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Lifelong Learner
Jun 14 2022
Digital Skills for the Future of Work: Lifelong Learner
In our third season, we will explore the new Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a framework that defines the digital skills needed for success in the future of work. Released in late 2020, the Profile includes five Features that unpack the intersection of digital and lifelong learning skills. Nested under each Feature are three Practices - habits that adult learners, job seekers, and workers should develop to thrive at work, in school, and in community life. Our hope is that the research-backed Profile will help job seekers, workers, and job coaches build new skills that effectively prepare today’s workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Check out skillrise.org/profile to explore the framework and learn about the methodology for how it was developed. In our first episode, we explore the first of five Profile Features: Lifelong Learner. Joining us for the conversation are three of our SkillRise advisors: Jaime Fall, Director of Upskill America at the Aspen InstituteDeb Everhart, Chief Strategy Officer at Credential EngineOrlando Cazarez, Senior Program Manager at the Center for the Future of ArizonaIn this episode, we talk about:The importance of lifelong learning. Why employers are adding educational benefits to their compensation packagesHow job seekers can be thinking about upskilling, lifelong learning, and how to navigate the new world of work.How credentials and learner employment records can support lifelong learning and skills-based hiring systems.Notes from Episode 1ISTE’s SkillRise InitiativeAbout the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)The Profile of a Lifelong Learner, a research-backed framework that defines the digital skills needed to thrive in the future of work. The Profile Micro-learning Experience, a 10-minute mobile-friendly interactive that introduces the Profile and how its Features come to life at school, at work, and in community life. Guests on this episode:Deb Everhart, Chief Strategy OfficerCredential EngineOn LinkedIn: @deboraheverhartOn Twitter: @ariadne4444Orlando Cazarez, Senior Program Manager RetaiWorks AZ InitiativeCenter for the Future of ArizonaOn LinkedIn: @azorlandoOn Twitter: @OCAZAREZJaime Fall, DirectorUpskill AmericaThe Aspen InstituteOn LinkedIn: @jaimefallOn Twitter: @Jaimen8rHosted by Brandon Olszewski, Director of ResearchInternational Society for Technology in EducationOn LinkedInOn Twitter
Exploring the Future of Work and Learning with ISTE CEO Richard Culatta
Jun 25 2020
Exploring the Future of Work and Learning with ISTE CEO Richard Culatta
On today’s episode of Upskill With Edtech Brandon sits down with Richard Culatta, Chief Executive Officer of ISTE to discuss how the SkillRise initiative fits into ISTE’s larger vision and how trends in work and learning continue to inform and inspire one another. Richard’s decorated experience enables him to speak knowledgeably on policy, international trends, edtech and equity. The podcast also dives into the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the learning landscape to place more emphasis on many of the traits that drive SkillRise: lifelong learning, learner agency, edtech, equity and ensuring that learning is directly applicable to day-to-day life. The Upskill With Edtech podcast series is produced by Getting Smart as part of ISTE’s SkillRise initiative. Our editor and music man is Trevor Stout. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. For additional valuable ideas about edtech, adult learning, and upskilling, check out SkillRise.org, where you can download the SkillRise framework and find other great resources. You can also keep up to date by following our Twitter feed @SkillRiseOrg or you can join the conversation in our Workforce EdTech LinkedIn Group. Thanks for tuning in! Notes: 2:45 Richard discusses the role of SkillRise in the larger ISTE vision.4:40 Richard speaks to ISTE’s commitment to equity and access and how that is informed, strengthened and challenged by the current cultural moment. 7:00 Richard goes deeper on the ways in which tech can (and should) increase access.9:16 Richard talks about the opportunity of the pandemic, an opportunity to reimagine and fix things that need changing — but it will not be easy. 11:00 Richard talks about reboarding when returning from COVID-19 and how these conversations need to include featuring new voices, address inequities and more.12:32 Richard discusses how his work and things he has observed in K12 have helped see a way forward for the workforce, and vice versa. 14:30 Richard points out how K12 could learn from the workforce by making sure that roles and learnings are practical and applicable. 16:00 Richard discusses trends in policy and the growth of the widening variety of “learning sources” and how this impacts K12, higher ed and the workforce.17:30 Richard discusses how the learning model must (and is) shifting to better merge the experience of school and work, beginning with shifting the mindset towards that of lifelong learning.20:17 Richard points out the obstacles and barriers to entry that leaders will have to overcome to actualize ongoing learning. This begins with the importance of including different perspectives. - 22:55 Richard reflects on one of the shortcomings of adult learning.
Distance Learning in Adult Education
May 18 2020
Distance Learning in Adult Education
On today’s episode of Upskill With Edtech, we speak with Joey Lehrman, Lea Downing, Tiffany Thomas and Daffiny Peters. Joey, Lea and Tiffany worked together to create a distance learning program at Delgado Community College which has now scaled to serve over 1,500 students annually across 15 partner agencies throughout Louisiana. The group then gets the chance to speak with Daffiny, a current student in the distance learning program. This conversation ranges from how the program was started, to developing curriculum, to scaling, to the importance of distance learning, the student experience and much more. The Upskill With Edtech podcast series is produced by Getting Smart as part of ISTE’s SkillRise initiative. Our editor and music man is Trevor Stout. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. For additional valuable ideas about edtech, adult learning, and upskilling, check out SkillRise.org, where you can download the SkillRise framework and find other great resources. You can also keep up to date by following our Twitter feed @SkillRiseOrg or you can join the conversation in our Workforce EdTech LinkedIn Group. Thanks for tuning in!2:55 Lea talks about what Delgado community college is and what sets it apart. 3:36 Tiffany goes deep on why they created a distance learning program4:37 Joey discusses the growth of their distance learning program and how it scaled from a community college to a statewide offering. 6:49 Joey discusses curating information, curriculum and more.8:00 Joey discusses adopting a learning management system (LMS) and the benefits that they’ve found with Google Classroom as an adult learning LMS. 11:05 Lea goes long on curriculum development, using standards as guides and meeting student needs.15:52 Tiffany talks about the student experience, how to ensure success with distance learning and speaks with Daffiny, a current student.19:12 Tiffany interviews Daffiny about her experience as a student.22:33 Tiffany discusses supporting staff in the transition to digital.23:55 Lea talks about the importance of being a role model and demonstrating resiliency.26:38 Joey discusses mindsets and his optimism about colleagues rising to the occasion. 27:40 Lea talks about living in an era of uncertainty, the search for best practices28:52 Tiffany talks about the importance of support for your staff, learning and the program. 29:35 Daffiny discusses the importance of perseverance.
What Is The Skills Gap?
Apr 17 2020
What Is The Skills Gap?
On today’s episode of Upskill With Edtech we are lucky enough to have two esteemed guests, one of whom is Jaime Fall, Director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and communities by promoting training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. We also have Molly Bashay, a State Policy Analyst with the National Skills Coalition, who is working to advance skills policies through research and analysis of state workforce policies, advocacy assistance and policy implementation support. The conversation defines the term "skills gap” and making clear that there are a multitude of skills gaps that need to be addressed and overcome. The guests also identify various resources and organizations working hard to help create an equitable and informed workforce of learner workers. The Upskill With Edtech podcast series is produced by Getting Smart as part of ISTE’s SkillRise initiative. Our editor and music man is Trevor Stout. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. For additional valuable ideas about edtech, adult learning, and upskilling, check out SkillRise.org, where you can download the SkillRise framework and find other great resources. You can also keep up to date by following our Twitter feed @SkillRiseOrg or you can join the conversation in our Workforce EdTech LinkedIn Group. Thanks for tuning in!1:00 Brandon introduces our guests2:15 Jaime speaks to the notion that there are multiple skills gaps and helps to define the term3:30 Molly continues to define skills gaps5:30 Our guests talk about the barriers to skills acquisition and growth8:05 Jaime talks about Upskill America and how they are helping learner workers prepare10:00 Molly discusses National Skills Coalition’s work to combat the skills gap12:42 What does it mean to be a working learner?13:45 Molly and Jaime discuss the ways in which policy can support work learners15:50 Innovations in workplace design and working models17:05 Jaime highlights some organizations that are providing great workaround services for family support and educational resources18:05 Molly adds to Jaime’s list of resources and tools.19:55 Molly discusses the notion that apps may be able to aid in the transition to a digital workforce21:45 Jaime discusses the promise of video training and virtual reality training
The Future Of Work Is About Humans
Feb 13 2020
The Future Of Work Is About Humans
On the podcast today we have Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, an education blog and consulting firm dedicated to the future of learning. Tom is a prolific writer, thought leader, and speaker on topics pertaining to the future of work and innovations in learning. He has written numerous books in the last decade noting trends and innovations in learning and claims to have visited more high schools than anyone in the world. For additional valuable ideas from SkillRise about edtech, adult learning, and upskilling, check out SkillRise.org, where you can download their framework and find other great resources. You can also follow them on Twitter at @SkillRiseOrg or you can join the conversation in the Workforce EdTech LinkedIn Group.Key Takeaways:[2:16] Tom defines and explains the future of work.[3:47] Tom assesses the tension between the optimism/excitement and fear of the future.[6:19] Tom talks about the difference between knowledge acquisition and skill-building, acknowledging that the latter is essential for navigating the future of work.[7:10] What should be the goal of young people and an agile workforce? Solving interesting problems.[8:12] Tom discusses why schools should be primarily focused on community-connected projects.[10:17] Tom reflects on what the workforce can learn from effective school models.[12:24] Lifelong learning is an essential part of being an effective worker and person. Tom uses growth mindset and grit to deepen this.[13:55] The importance of empathy and how One Stone, one of Tom’s favorite high schools, has an effective model and emphasis on empathy.[15:55] Tom goes deeper on growth mindset, design thinking and entrepreneurial mindset and emphasizes the need for everyone to be entrepreneurial.[18:50] Tom defines “contribution” and the notion that contributing to a community is a means toward purpose.[20:25] Tom hones in on purpose, using his own personal experience and search for purpose as an example.[23:10] Mutuality, climate change, community, and the idea of citizenship.[25:30] Tom talks about some of his favorite schools and community programs that are committed to contribution and instilling a sense of community.[28:54] Tom discusses the importance of edtech and the ways in which it can augment experience and learning.