We’re so excited to bring our first special series of UP Tech Talk to our listeners. Packed with fresh insights, lively discussion, and thoughtful commentary on how future trends are likely to affect the process of learning. Our guests include futurists, academics, and thought leaders here at UP and around the country.
The series kicks off with Bryan Alexander, a visionary at the forefront of the intersection of higher education and technology. In our podcast, Bryan takes us on a whirlwind tour of likely scenarios for the near-term, coming decade, and beyond. Get ready for sci-fi like descriptions of large-scale automation, virtual reality, vanishing occupations, and much more.
The second installment of our special series takes on past predictions and future speculations with guest Dr. Eric Anctil, Professor of Education in UP’s School of Education. Eric wades through the trenches of tech trends of yesteryear to spotlight the ones that went the way he predicted and the ones that caught him off guard.
Professional futurist Lee Shupp spends a lot of time thinking about what people will be doing ten or twenty years from now. While humans are pretty bad about long-term and abstract planning, Shupp’s background in systems thinking and his boundless curiosity provides a good platform to stand on while peeling back the curtain for a sneak peak at what may lie ahead.
Shupp says that current tensions in higher ed such as student debt load, rising costs, lower graduation rates, declining public support make change inevitable.
What does it mean to be a human being? Answering the big questions starts with paying attention to the little things like how we use technology, says theologian and scholar Dr. David Turnbloom. It’s the little things that create a foundation for ethical behavior.
“Things will continue to get more and more complicated, ” Dr. Turnbloom says in this podcast. “You can’t turn on the news or look at Facebook without being inundated with impossible questions… It’s the little things you do on a day to day basis, not these great grand scale actions that make one an ethical person.”
Welcome to the craft economy. It’s not just for beer anymore. While we’ve been taking a sneak peak at the landscape of higher education in “The Future of Learning” series, our last installment explores how the world of business is likely to shape learning.
Our guest Dr. Sam Holloway of UP’s Pamplin School of Business talks about an emerging role for universities as a professional development resource for regional employers, enabling faculty to play a much longer role in people’s careers.