Learning Initiatives Program: Learning about Learning

Welcome to the Learning Initiatives Program. This program will begin with two main components: a speaker series and a monthly newsletter. Our primary goal is to stimulate thought and discussion about continuous improvement in how we prepare our students for the workplace and their lives upon exiting Coles.

Please note that as a part of this initiative, we will include student engagement, such as speakers who also offer student sessions. As opportunities arise, please help us by sharing this information with your students.

What topics, resources, articles, or speakers would you like to see included? Let us know!

  • Learning Initiatives Newsletter, November 2018 

    Thank you for attending our second event in October! Kelly is quite deep in the Future of Work topic for Deloitte, and I believe her measured approach to the area was helpful for understanding how we might interpret optimism, hyperbole, and upsides/downsides. She did communicate to me that she was really impressed with the level of engagement from both our packed-house faculty and student sessions! I really hope we can keep the momentum for future speakers.

    With that in mind, I am soliciting contacts within McKinsey specifically, and other agencies generally, for the spring speaker series. McKinsey has an organized effort around the Future of Work that I will cold call upon if needed – but would love to be able to tie in someone’s contact, too. Please let me know what ideas you have on this, and the broader direction for the series.

    Continue reading to learn about our next speaker, Bill Franks, for some follow-up resources from Kelly’s talk, and for some articles I found interesting in the past few weeks.

    In this edition:

    • Speaker Series: "The Future of Work"
    • "Stolen" References, with Commentary
    • Follow Up on the Kelly Monahan Event
    • Upcoming Events

    Speaker Series: “The Future of Work”

    As a part of the Learning Initiatives Program, we will be inviting guest speakers to stimulate thought and discussion. This year’s events will focus on the “Future of Work”. Industry experts will speak on how the workplace is changing for graduates, which can impact how we prepare our students for work.

    November Speaker Profile

    Bill Franks – November 5, 2018 from 12:30 -1:45 p.m. in BB 117

    Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA), where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics, AI, & big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts to improve analytics performance. Franks is also the author of the books Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave and The Analytics Revolution. He is a sought after speaker and frequent blogger who has been ranked a top 10 global big data influencer. His work, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata (NYSE: TDC), has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations. You can learn more at http://www.bill-franks.com.

    Education:
    BS, Statistics, Virginia Tech
    MS, Statistics, North Carolina State University

    Presenting:
    Faculty Event: Evolving Academic Programs to Match the Evolving Job Market
    Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:30-1:45pm, BB 117, Click to RSVP
    Student Event: Preparing for Success in the Evolving Business World
    Monday, November 5, 2018, 2:00-3:15pm, BB 117

    Follow-up with Kelly Monahan from Deloitte

    Kelly Monahan named numerous resources in her talk in a variety of formats. Below are some starting points for those resources:

    “Stolen” References, with Commentary

    The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy
    Our speaker series is devoted to understanding how the workplace is evolving, and this article highlights some other considerations for individuals operating in the near future. Will there be enough emphasis on ethics with the powerful technologies on the horizon in AI, Biotech, etc.

    eduScrum in Class
    This website highlights how to use SCRUM techniques in the classroom. The ability to execute project work in iterative and rapid cycles has been mentioned frequently over the last few years in my interactions with companies. This has led a number of Coles faculty to consider how principles from Agile, Scrum, and Design Thinking might be incorporated into our classes to better prepare our students for the workplace. These techniques are no longer found only in software development, but have made their way into organizations in many ways. This website is a conversation starter. Please let me know if you are using any of these techniques in your class.

    The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030
    This report is a pretty thorough look at how job skills will change in the coming years. They make cases for a number of trends that they expect, which yields places for us all to ponder the accuracy and wonder how we might better predict the future. I highly recommend this report for all of us as we consider how our classes need to change to stay up to date.

    Upcoming Learning Initiatives Events

    Faculty Event: Evolving Academic Programs to Match the Evolving Job Market
    Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer at International Institute of Analytics
    Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:30-1:45pm, BB 117, Click to RSVP

    Student Event: Preparing for Success in the Evolving Business World
    Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, International Institute of Analytics
    Monday, November 5, 2018, 2:00-3:15pm, BB 117

    Student Event: Entering the Golden Age of Sports Analytics
    Dave Schrader, Retired Technology Executive
    Thursday, December 6, 2018, 2:30-4:00pm, BB 269, Click to RSVP

  • Learning Initiatives Newsletter, October 2018

    Thank you for attending our first event in September! If you were not able to attend, click these links to find Mike Stefanick’s videos from the faculty and student sessions. Mike did a great job of setting a baseline for understanding how the workplace is changing and what faculty and students need to consider as we prepare for those changes.

    As a reminder, I am always eager to hear your input on what else we should include in the Learning Initiatives effort, even beyond speakers. I have spoken to a few of you already, and your feedback helps make sure we provide valuable activities to support your teaching.

    Please continue reading to learn about our next speaker, as well as some articles I found interesting in the past few weeks.

    What topics, resources, articles, or speakers would you like to see included? Let us know!

    In this edition:

    • Speaker Series: "The Future of Work"
    • "Stolen" References, with Commentary
    • Follow Up on the Mike Stefanick Event
    • Upcoming Events

    Speaker Series: “The Future of Work”

    This year’s events will focus on the “Future of Work”. Industry experts will speak on how the workplace is changing for graduates which can impact how we prepare our students for work. 

    September Speaker Profile

    Kelly Monahan – October 23, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm, BB 269

    Dr. Kelly Monahan is an organizational behaviorist and leads the global future of work research agenda at Deloitte. She actively studies the interplay between human behavior and organizational environments and its implications in the future of work. Her research has been recognized and published in both applied and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Strategic Management.

    In 2018, Kelly released her first book, How Behavioral Economics Influences Management Decision-Making: A New Paradigm. Dr. Monahan is frequently quoted in the media on talent decision-making and the future of work. She also has written over a dozen publications and is a sought-after speaker on how to apply new management and talent models in knowledge-based organizations.

    Education:
    BS Business Administration, Marketing, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership, Roberts Wesleyan College
    Ph.D. Organizational Leadership, Regent University

    Presenting:

    “Humans + Machines: Not Science Fiction Anymore”
    Thursday, October 23, 2018 in BB 269
    Faculty Event: 1:00 – 2:00pm, Click to RSVP

    Bonus Student Event to follow: 2:15 – 3:15pm

    Follow Up with Mike Stefanick from EY

    Mike Stefanick, shared several resources in his conversation with us. Here are the links:

    In case you missed it, links to the event recordings are below:

    “Stolen” References, with Commentary

    How to Ease Students into Independent Inquiry Projects
    An article that summarizes the key stages to enabling students to engage in open inquiry. I found the scaffolding approach interesting in the exploration of helping students deal with open-ended and ambiguous problems.

    Blockchain Explained: What it is and isn’t, and Why it Matters
    In text and podcast form, this McKinsey reference walks through what blockchain is – beyond BitCoin, and where it will be impactful.

    Power Skills: Preparing Students for the Future of Work
    This article is particularly relevant for this year's theme, “The Future of Work”, and has some great links embedded. Of particular interest, the NACE and Bakhshi studies regarding skillsets that will continue to be or become valuable over time.

    Upcoming Learning Initiatives Events

    “Humans + Machines: Not Science Fiction Anymore”
    Kelly Monahan, Ph.D., Future of Work Lead Research at Deloitte and Organizational Behavior Researcher
    October 23, 2018: 1:00 – 2:00pm for Faculty, Click to RSVP
    BB 269

    Bonus Student Event immediately following at 2:15-3:15pm in BB 269

    Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, International Institute for Analytics
    November 5, 2018: 12:30-1:45pm, Click to RSVP
    BB 117

    Bonus Student Event immediately following at 2:00-3:15pm in BB 117

    "Entering the Golden Age of Sports Analytics"
    Dave Schrader, Retired Technology Executive
    December 6, 2018: 2:30-4:00pm, Click to RSVP
    Refreshments Provided
    BB 269

  • Speaker Series: “The Future of Work”

    As a part of the Learning Initiatives Program, we will be inviting guest speakers to stimulate thought and discussion; this year’s events will focus on the “Future of Work”. Industry experts will speak on how the workplace is changing for graduates and designed to improve how we prepare our students for work.

    September Speaker Profile

    Mike Stefanick – September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Mike Stefanick is currently an Executive director for EY co-leading solutions in both the Digital Practice and the Financial Services Practice focusing on Big Data, Analytics, AI, Business Transformation, and Organizational Design. Prior to EY, Michael was the SVP of Commercial Data & Analytics for Equifax, an IBM Business Risk & Compliance Partner, Global Leader of the SAS Risk Analytics & Data Practice, Finance & Risk Transformation Leader for SunTrust Bank, and Group VP of Analytics & Technology at the original Digital transformation leader Digitas.

    His started his career with GE Astro division in the development of space satellite technology and Caterpillar in the deployment of autonomous guided vehicles. Mike has co-authored advanced analytics frameworks with Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes and lead pilots of early IBM WATSON cognitive technology.

    Education:
    BS in Business, minor in math & computer science, Penn State 
    MBA, The Ohio State University
    Additional master’s level course work in Computer Science, Boston University

    Presenting:
    How Artificial Intelligence is Disrupting Work and Will Enable Workers to Thrive in the Next Digital Wave” 
    Thursday, September 13, 2018 in BB 293

    Faculty Event: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Bonus Student Event to follow: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

    “Stolen” References, with Commentary

    Negotiation games: applying experimental economics in the classroom

    An efficient summary of negotiation games, with examples and context for using them in your courses to stimulate understanding in complex environments with competing and complementary interests.

    Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report: All the Slides, Plus Analysis

    An interesting summary, with an embedded Youtube video and reference slide deck, that should raise questions about how we educate students, leverage existing knowledge and resources, and prepare students for work in this environment. There are MANY reference slides for your classes to set a context for a wide range of discussions.

    The Problem with Learning Styles

    Cindi May explores recent research and understanding surrounding learning styles, and challenges to prior research in the area. It is interesting to me to hear discussions among faculty about research when that research is a core component of the faculty job.  Have teachers bought into unreliable concepts for years? What happens when our own pot is being stirred by research that affects what we do as teachers?

    Resources for Learning about Learning

    Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View Newsletter

    Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street Blog and Knowledge Project podcast

    Observatory of Educational Innovation

    Inside AI Newsletter

    Upcoming Learning Initiatives Events

    “How Artificial Intelligence is Disrupting Work and Will Enable Workers to Thrive in the Next Digital Wave”
    Mike Stefanick, Executive Director - Digital, Analytics, Robotics and Big Data - Enterprise Data, Analytics & Digital Platforms at EY
    September 13, 2018: 1:00 – 2:00 pm for Faculty, Click to RSVP
    BB 293

    Bonus Student Event immediately following at 2:15 – 3:15pm in BB 293, please share with your students

    “Humans + Machines: Not Science Fiction Anymore”
    Kelly Monahan, Ph.D., Future of Work Lead Research at Deloitte and Organizational Behavior Researcher
    October 23, 2018: 1:00 – 2:00 pm for Faculty, Click to RSVP
    BB 269

    Bonus Student Event immediately following at 2:15 – 3:15pm in BB 269, please share with your students

    November 2018, more information coming soon:
    Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, International Institute for Analytics
    November 5, 2018: 12:30 – 1:45pm, Click to RSVP
    BB 117

    Bonus Student Event immediately following at 2:00 – 3:15pm in BB 117

    Upcoming Events around Campus

    "Women in Data Science," KSU Analytics and Data Science Institute
    Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Director of Analytical Consulting Services within Enterprise Analytics and Data Sciences at the University of North Carolina Health Care System

    September 27, 2018: 4:00 – 6:00pm for Faculty, Click for more information
    First Floor, Clendenin Building

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