#257 – Deep Skills in the Age of the Portfolio Career
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What’s in this episode?
Welcome to the second episode in a series produced by Professor Rose Luckin’s EDUCATE Ventures Research, exploring ‘Evidence-Based EdTech’, and hosted on The Edtech Podcast
This mini-series connects, combines, and highlights leading expertise and opinion from the worlds of EdTech, AI, Research, and Education, helping teachers, learners, and technology developers get to grips with ethical learning tools that are led by the evidence.
For this episode we examine the state of technology in work, training, and mentorship, and ask what role evidence plays when we are dealing with environments where (usually) productivity is the thing that’s measured.
Is productivity for the sake of it good? How do we know the technology that the current and future workforce encounters, benefits them? As many roles demand a more complex skill set, and fluency in technology, is there a risk we’re leaving people behind? What do employability, recruitment, and skills look like in the age of the portfolio career?
We’ll be asking:
- Are the skills, the ways of working, ways of thinking, ways of measuring success, that schools teach young people, appropriate for today’s world of work?
- How we balance human intelligence in the workplace with, broadly, ‘machine intelligence’; that is how we work with and support the human learner or worker, with the tech that many workplaces ask us to use
- What do we mean by ‘deep skills/reskilling/upskilling’, and this idea that people aren’t just sticking to one role, one organisation or type of work for 20, 30, 50 years?
- And most importantly, what evidence is there to help us understand what young people need and what can be done to effectively prepare young people for their ever-changing futures?
Thank you to Learnosity for sponsoring this episode, and for supporting the Evidence-Based EdTech series on the EdTech Podcast.
- Nick Kind – Managing Director, Tyton Partners
Nick Kind has worked in strategy, investment, corporate development and digital product management for over 20 years, with the vast majority of his time spent in the education sector. Until mid-2016, Nick was Head of Business Insights for one of the largest media organizations in the world, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, where he managed a thought leadership, market intelligence and internal strategy consultancy team for the board. His work in learning has covered all age groups from “Pre-K to grey” and a wide range of geographies and contexts across the world.
David Gallagher – CEO, NCFE
When David decided to join NCFE as Managing Director for End-Point Assessment (EPA), he was excited by the opportunity to scale a relatively new business and to help to deliver outstanding apprenticeships for learners and employers, drawing on his previous experience of supporting apprenticeship providers and employers. After joining NCFE, he learnt about the rich history and heritage of the organisation and was blown away by the commitment, expertise and ideas from so many of my colleagues. David was delighted – and continues to feel extremely privileged – to be entrusted with leading NCFE through the next phases of scaling its reach and impact.
As the founder of Questionmark (recently acquired by Learnosity), John has contributed to the evolution of assessment software over a 30-year career that has included leading roles in industry bodies such as ATP and IMS Global. Learning Consortium.
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Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL, Founder, EDUCATE Ventures Research
Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab. She was named one of the 20 most influential people in education in the Seldon List, 2017. Rose is Founder of EDUCATE Ventures Research Ltd., a London hub for start-ups, researchers and educators developing evidence-based educational technology. She is past president and current treasurer of the International Society for AI in Education and co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education.
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