Spotted at LearnLaunch 2018: Speakers Address Career Pathways, Alternative Credentials, and Skills Vs. Degrees

Earlier this month, we headed to the 6th annual LearnLaunch conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference brought together old friends and new ideas, featuring a number of sessions covering everything from flipped classrooms to Asian edtech investment.

Though there were plenty of topics to choose from, this year we decided to hone in on the programming around workforce development — which touched upon job training, professional learning, college to career pathways, and what to do with (or without) a college degree.

While to some, career preparation has been the end-game of education for a very long time, as technology evolves and job roles change, there is an increasing focus on strategically developing skills for the future. The LearnLaunch conference captured this newfound focus, with a number of sessions and panels added to the lineup that dug deeper into the subject. With sessions such as “Connecting Colleges to the Workplace,” “EdTech in the Enterprise,” and “Refugee Education and Training,” the event covered a number of the top issues concerning professional and adult learning today.

From the wealth of resources available at the event, we were able to put together a number of podcast and video interviews about the future of the workplace and how workers, employers, and educators can prepare for it. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing some of our best interviews from the event.

Listen in to these first few, and stay tuned as we release more coverage from LearnLaunch 2018.

Global Learning Leader Paul Fama Talks GE, EdX Partnership, Alternative Credentials

As alternative credentials become more popular, employers are starting to seek out employees based on these certifications. One of the employers leading the way in the acceptance of alternative credentials is General Electric. In this interview, Paul Fama, Global Learning Leader at General Electric, speaks with us about his panel at the 2018 LearnLaunch conference on alternative credentialing, and how GE is partnering with edX to connect MicroMasters graduates with jobs.

Leveling Up the Workforce: Maria Flynn, CEO of Jobs for the Future, Discusses Career Pathways

While U.S. unemployment rates are at a 10-year low, employers are still looking for skilled workers to fill valuable roles. In the panel, “Pathways for Workforce Development,” Jobs for the Future CEO Maria Flynn lended her 25+ years of experience to the conversation. Listen in to this interview with EdTech Times CEO Hester Tinti-Kane and Maria Flynn, as they discuss the demand for skilled workers, and the tools available for workers to level up their skill set to compete in the present — and future — workplace.

Employing Skills Over Degrees: Q&A with Joseph Fuller, Harvard Business School

According to Joseph Fuller of Harvard Business School, employers tend to all compete for the same workers: those with high academic levels, even for jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree. A professor of management at Harvard, Joseph also co-leads a multi-year program called Managing the Future of Work, that explores issues such as this with the goal of better preparing executives and decision makers to effectively manage their companies in the future. Listen in to our interview with Joseph from the LearnLaunch 2018 conference, where he spoke on the panel “Skills Development for Adults Without Higher Ed Degrees.”

Stay tuned for more podcast and video interviews from LearnLaunch 2018!

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.