#252 – EdSurge on The Edtech Podcast (Second Acts Series, Episode 1)
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What’s in this episode?
Hello everyone and welcome to The Edtech Podcast and this episode in collaboration with EdSurge.
It brings me great pleasure to host EdSurge on The Edtech Podcast. EdSurge were one of the original inspirations behind me setting up The Edtech Podcast over six years ago, so I was thrilled to hear from Managing Editor Jeff Young. Jeff and I have often bumped into each other in past lives around the globe and more recently he has been developing this three-part series to explore the nuances of adult lifelong learners and what sparks their return to University.
There are 36 million Americans who have earned some college credit, but not an actual degree. More colleges than ever are trying to help these students return to finish what they started. But so far, colleges are better at attracting these learners than helping them get across the finish line. Why is it so hard? What do these students want? What challenges do they face? And what strategies seem to be working?
Stay strapped in for this first peek into how life events and external forces often challenge our well-laid educational plans and what become the motivational forces for us completing University as returning adult learners?
Questions in my head.
- Will our future education be less about finishing and more about dipping in as and when?
- Will we get over the to do list of completing our college degree?
- And how can technology (as well as intrinsic motivation) help keep us on track?
A shout out to WorkTripp and Lumina Foundation for supporting this episode, EdSurge for the amazing journalism, and great to have the learner voice front and centre in this mini-series. As always, do let us know what you think. Here we go….
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Meet the Students
Paul Carr is 47 and lives in Detroit.
He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta in the 1990s but dropped out just one semester short of graduating. He has now re-enrolled and hopes to finish.
Gina Petersen is 42 and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She headed straight to her local institution, Kirkwood Community College, after graduating high school. But she left after a year. Will she finish the online program she’s in there now?
Tim Lum is 34 and lives in Honolulu.
He enrolled in a technical school after high school but didn’t stay long. Now he’s trying a combination of a coding bootcamp and his local community college.
Thank you to this week’s episode sponsors and supporters
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