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Encore on “Encore”

The response to our announcement of the UCLA Extension  parternship with Encore Career Institute has been great. Feel free to view some of the press coverage from:

UCLA’s Facebook page
The New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Chronicle of Higher Education
Los Angeles Times

I’m interested in your thoughts. What is your dream “encore career”?


Coping with Disruptive Technology by Dean Cathy Sandeen

I just finished reading what I consider to be a brilliant research paper, an observational study of normative student behavior in a university library by a third-year psychology student at University of California Irvine. (Full disclosure: the author of the paper is my daughter.) Her key conclusions? Even during one of the most academically demanding weeks of the term, students spend large amounts of their time in the library on non-academic activities: listening to music, responding to text or instant messages, non-academic surfing the internet, and viewing Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.

These findings illustrate a trend that should be obvious to us all. Technology has altered the way we live, work, play, and learn. Moreover—and here’s the challenge—technology continues to evolve and change rapidly.

I just read an interesting article in the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, called Last TechThe article listed a large number of long-standing, highly-used inventions that have recently faded away. The typewriter, road map, drinking fountain, hotel room key, for example, have been replaced—as have the individuals who made, used, or repaired these various devices. 

Photo from Southwest Spirit magazine, March 2010

Clayton Christensen coined the phrase disruptive innovation,” one new innovation that quickly displaces another.

Building on Christensen’s work, Scott McLeod has an interesting talk on Teaching and Learning in and Era of Disruptive Technology.  McLeod argues that today’s workforce requires a range of new skills and abilities, different from those required in the industrial era, as depicted in this graphic from his presentation. I agree. 

McLeod also offered the following slide illustrating how our current educational system is based on educating the workforce for the industrial age, not the digital and creative age.

It is a fundamental dilemma—not easily addressed. I am interested in your thoughts on this issue. How do we balance educating the workforce of the future within existing structure and institutions, preserving those elements of traditional education that have served us so well in the past?  Is educating a competitive workforce of the future a matter of adaptive change, or is revolutionary change needed?


Twitter my Facebook, I’ll Google your YouTube by Cathy Sandeen

children and mediaLast week the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report titled, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18- Year Olds, the third in a series of national surveys on media use.


According to the report, “Today, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week).  And because they spend so much of that time ‘media multitasking’ (using more than one medium at a time), they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes (10:45) worth of media content into those 7½ hours.”

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To summarize a few other interesting findings from the report:

  • visiting social networking sites is the most popular activity;
  • most users engage in some level of multitasking;
  • cell phones have become content delivery platforms for young people;
  • more of the heavy users reported poor grades in school (mostly Cs or lower);
  • levels of physical activity did not vary by amount of media use.

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Like many aspects of human and social behavior, the level of media use among young people paints a complex picture. I am reminded of a couple related functional MRI studies conducted by faculty at UCLA over the past few years.

One study from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior observed positive cognitive effects in older adults who are new users of the internet.

Though not a study of media use, per se, Professor Russell Poldrack and colleagues found multi-tasking adversely affects the brain’s learning systems.

Media use behavior is sure to remain high on the public agenda—just as the daily amount of television viewing was an issue while I was growing up. The way I see it, media use today is, for the most part, active rather than passive and it encourages social interaction rather than isolation. For these reasons, I am not alarmed by Generation M2’s findings. Besides, I wonder how many hours per day we over 18-year olds interact with various electronic media?

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I’m interested in your thoughts as well.

And . . . in case you want to “Twitter my Facebook,” etc., I’ve provided a few links below: