Higher Education

Why Mindset Matters and How Higher Ed Helps Develop it with Dan Porterfield

Mike Palmer welcomes Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Mindset Matters: The Power of College to Activate Lifelong Learning, to discuss the value of higher education in fostering growth mindsets. Dan shares his background and explains why he wrote the book, emphasizing the importance of appreciating what college offers to young adults during a formative time in their lives. We explore the five growth mindsets Dan identifies: discovery, creation, collaboration, mentorship, and striving. The conversation touches on how these mindsets prepare students for a rapidly changing world and work life.

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AI

Teaching Writing in the Age of AI with Dr. Jennifer Wells

Dr. Jennifer Wells, the Director of Writing at New College of Florida, joins Mike Palmer to delve into the significance of writing skills in higher education and beyond. Jennifer shares her professional journey, highlighting the importance of fostering a culture of writing excellence and providing students with the necessary supports they need to learn and to put in meaningful effort into the writing process. You can learn more about Jennifer’s writing school and the workshops she offers here.

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AI

Bror Saxberg | Learner-Centered AI and the Redefinition of Human Skills

Bror Saxberg, the Founder of LearningForge, rejoins Mike Palmer for the thrilling conclusion of our learning science trifecta of episodes! In this mind-bending discussion, Bror dives deep into the transformative potential of AI in education and redefining human skills. He draws insightful parallels to fields like medicine, highlighting how a deeper understanding of “biology” can fuel innovation – in this case, uncovering how humans truly learn and stay motivated.

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Higher Education

Beyond Bootcamps: A New Model for Tech Readiness with The Marcy Lab School

We hear from two recent graduates of the Marcy Lab School – Xhesika Malecaj and Jason Paulino. The Marcy Lab School is an innovative one-year program in Brooklyn that serves as an alternative to traditional college for low-income students interested in coding and tech careers.

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AI

Education Engineering in the Age of AI

In this episode, Mike Palmer engages in a fascinating discussion with Charles Fadel, the Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign and author of Education for the Age of AI. We delve into the intersections of artificial intelligence and education, exploring the implications of AI’s rapid advancement and the need for curriculum redesign to make education more relevant.

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Education

The Power of Arts Education and Mentorship with Erica Halverson

Mike Palmer picks the brain of Erica Halverson, a theater artist turned education professor at the top-ranked University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s also the host of the Arts Educators Save the World Podcast. Halverson passionately makes the case that the arts should transform how we approach teaching and learning across all disciplines.

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Future of Work

Creating a New Marketplace for Work Experience with Matt Wilkerson

In this engaging episode, Mike Palmer sits down with Matt Wilkerson, the founder and CEO of Extern, to discuss his innovative approach to bridging the gap between education and the workforce. Wilkerson shares his fascinating journey, from his early career aspirations to the pivotal experiences that inspired him to create Extern, a platform that offers remote “Externships” – short-term, structured work experiences designed to equip students with real-world skills and hands-on experience.

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