ML138: Stephen Kosslyn on Futureproof Education for Adults, Using Hacks and Heuristics and the Lifelong Learning Imperative
Stephen Kosslyn is the President and CEO of Foundry College and one of the world’s most respected cognitive scientists. He has four decades of research and teaching experience at elite institutions like Stanford and Harvard, where he was also Dean of Social Sciences.
When I last had Stephen on the show one episode 95 he was Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at KGI, an online university providing a liberal-arts experience with highly selective admissions and students from all over the world.
After 5 years at Minerva Stephen stepped away to start Foundry College - and while it implements some of the same methods to provide a synchronous, online experience that applies the science of learning, Foundry is different in a few key ways.
Rather than college students, it focuses on teaching working adults skills and knowledge that are important to employers and unlikely to be automated in the foreseeable future.
This means the curriculum is competency-based teaching skills like critical thinking, clear communication and practical problem solving which wrap around a qualification for Salesforce administration and Project Management - two areas which are projected to create tens of millions of jobs in the next 5 years.
The classes are also contained, which means that there is no pre-class reading or homework…and all learning is compressed into twice-weekly, 90 minute online sessions with assessment happening through in-class quizzes.
In this episode we discuss:
- The implications of the coronavirus for online learning, including the limitations of Zoom lectures
- Why Foundry College chose the future proof skills they teach when forming their curriculum
- The need for lifelong learning programs and how you should be learning throughout your adult life
So whether you want to understand the educational implications of the current crisis and the future-proof skills you should be learning or get insight into the current state of online education, this episode has you covered.
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