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Season 2, Episode 1 - Teach & Learn

How to Prepare Higher Education Graduates for the Workforce, with Joseph B. Fuller and Kerry McKittrick

Join D2L for a discussion with Harvard’s Joseph B. Fuller & Kerry McKittrick on the challenges and opportunities in preparing post-secondary graduates for the world of work.

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. Hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, the show features candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We discuss trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

Episode Description  

Welcome back to another season of Teach & Learn! We’re thrilled to be kicking off our new year with a thoughtful discussion about the challenges and opportunities in preparing post-secondary graduates for the world of work.

To discuss this topic further, we welcomed Joseph B. Fuller and Kerry McKittrick of Harvard University. Our guests and Dr. Ford chatted about:

  • The importance of work-based learning experiences, such as internships and apprenticeships.
  • The role of intermediaries, including workforce boards and social entrepreneurs, in connecting educational institutions and employers.
  • The potential for AI to provide more accurate and comprehensive information about career pathways.
  • The College-to-Jobs Map, a tool that allows college leaders to assess the alignment between education and employment in their regions.
  • That constitutes a “good job.”
  • The importance of identifying pathway jobs that lead to economic security.

Show Notes

01:25: An introduction to Joseph B. Fuller and Kerry McKittrick

05:40: Breaking down the Project on Workforce

07:34: How the College-to-Jobs map website brings transparency to how education and employment are aligned in various regions

10:56: Understanding the role that intermediaries play

17:34: Unpaid labor and inequity in the workforce

21:34: Where breakdowns occur in student learning pathways

30:38: AI and the future of the labor market

43:35: What’s next for Kerry and Joseph


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