Pathbreakers Webinar Series: “How Universities Should Respond to the Changing Nature of Work”


April 30, 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Missed the live event? Check out the webinar recording above.

What does the future of human work look like and how can universities help prepare our current and next generation for this dramatic change? Join Michelle R. Weise, Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies, Strada Education Network & Chief Innovation Officer, Strada Institute for the Future of Work, in discussing how large traditional universities like Mason should respond to the changing nature of work and the imperative to do a better job at identifying and making more transparent the skills that students are developing across their educational lifecycles.

Michelle R. Weise leads Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies, specializing in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. As the Chief Innovation Officer of Strada Institute for the Future of Work, Michelle researches how to connect adult learners more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives. She serves on MA Governor Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong learning, the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and on the education advisory board for Village Capital. Weise is also a regular columnist for EdSurge and a senior advisor to Entangled Solutions.

Below are just a few of the questions we plan to discuss:

  • Are we in a new industrial revolution where major change centers around the work we do? Or is that a bunch of hype and true revolution and things like AI are lightyears away?
  • New assessment-related and pedagogical ideas appear to be emerging in boot camps, often community colleges, and trade schools. What is the implication for the 4-year degree granting university?
  • Can you offer some examples of companies or institutions that are responding to this change in the future of work – what are they doing to help break the current pathways from college to work?
  • What kind of “wrap around” services do we need for the adult learner? Where have you seen this done well?
  • Take us out 20 years from now – how will universities be responding to the workers of the future in 20 years?

Please send your questions to maustin8@gmu.edu so they can be incorporated into the discussion!


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