CEO OF UPWORK PREDICTS SKILLS WILL SOON MATTER MORE THAN DEGREES

elearninginside | January 21, 2019

CEO OF UPWORK PREDICTS SKILLS WILL SOON MATTER MORE THAN DEGREES
Over the past five years, the shift from degrees to skills has been gaining momentum across sectors. First, a few large tech companies, including Google, started to hire more people in tech roles on the basis of their demonstrated competencies and potential to learn on the job. Around the same time, the coding academy sector started to experience tremendous growth. Some of these for-profit coding academies have done such a great job placing graduates in tech positions, they now offer money-back guarantees to graduates who fail to find related positions upon graduation. Now, in a post on the World Economic Forum’s website, Stephane Kasriel, the founder and CEO of Upwork, is suggesting that the shift from degrees to skills is here to stay. But will this shift persist if and when the current skills gap in tech has been addressed?In a January 10th post on the World Economic Forum site, Kasriel, the founder and CEO of Upwork (a global work platform for freelancers), argues that, to prepare for the labor market over the next two decades, everyone needs to radically rethink education.

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Identity Automation Partners with Grassroots Community of Experts in the Pathfinder Program to Drive Educational Transformation via Digital Identities

Identity Automation | November 19, 2021

Identity Automation, the digital identity platform for education, today announced that the company is partnering with a community of thought leaders in the education IT space to drive transformation, using the concept of digital identities as the cornerstone to achieve change. The Pathfinder Program is a network of experts who are passionate about education and committed to achieving change that focuses on learners, educators and education communities. The Identity Automation team connected with Pathfinder Program members at this year's EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, which focuses on higher education IT. The company was a sponsor at the event and showcased its flagship RapidIdentity IAM platform and credential monitoring service called SafeID (powered by SpyCloud). Credential monitoring is a crucial capability that helps education institutions counter the growing threat of ransomware, data breaches and rising insurance costs. The Pathfinder Program aims to raise awareness of digital identities and inspire educational change by building broad consensus with everyone involved, including IT experts, curriculum leaders and other vendors. Pathfinders believe that digital learning environments should be secure, immediately available and free from technology-related friction. Focusing on digital identity as the core, the Pathfinder Program facilitates collaboration and action on critical issues like: Interoperability Personalized learning Digital Equity Cybersecurity Regulatory compliance and governance "My favorite part about connecting with people at events is the sense of community we all share. They know education is changing, and they're committed to helping learners, teachers and staff make the transition successfully. They're curious about what other organizations are doing, and that's what makes the Pathfinder Program so valuable — it's a forum where people can share ideas and find solutions." Brandon Levine, Director of Sales Development, Identity Automation "Identity Automation's mission to empower educators and students with a safe and secure place to learn aligns perfectly with the digital citizenship message to help students stay safe, solve problems, and become a force for good both on and offline," shared Pathfinder Dr. Marialice Curran. The Pathfinder Program includes people with diverse skillsets, including internationally recognized thought leaders who are frequently tapped as Keynote speakers on the topic of education IT. They share a passion for empowering learners, strengthening digital security and promoting digital citizenship. "Everyone involved in the education system will have to pull together to achieve the level of digital transformation we need to serve learning communities," said Identity Automation CEO Jim Harold. "Any disconnect resulting from vendors working at cross-purposes hurts students and educators. We're better when we work together, and that's why we're so excited about the Pathfinder Program, which is already generating new ideas about how we can focus on what we do best to benefit students." About Identity Automation Identity Automation provides identity and access management (IAM) solutions for K-12 and higher education. Its flagship platform, RapidIdentity, safeguards learning environments, maximizes instructional time, and minimizes the load on Information & Educational Technology teams. Technology leaders turn to RapidIdentity for its best-in-class security capabilities, time-saving automation, and flexible approach to managing digital identities. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Identity Automation is trusted by Chicago Public Schools, Public Schools of North Carolina, University of Rochester, Houston Community College, and hundreds of other institutions.

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Instructional Technology Coaching (ITC) is a prevalent method of deploying on-going professional development for teachers, with a specific focus on the integration of technology into both the curriculum, as well as the method of instruction.These courses generate no small amount of eye-rolling from teachers, who typically bemoan its top-down style where trainers train trainers. Naturally, as an ITC coach, teachers will expect you to have fresh and different ideas on instruction. Here are some tips to help you keep coaching relevant, interesting and even fun.