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!

  • 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.

    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

    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

    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