by Melissa Morriss-Olson
IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.
Aging and longevity experts suggest that the notion of a 150 year life-span is closer than you think. In fact, according to this week's guest, some have suggested that the first people to live this long have already been born. How do we prepare today's college students for a future where the average working life potentially spans 100 plus years and has no beginning, middle, or end? That is the focus of Dr. Michelle Weise's newest book, Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet.
In this episode, IngenioUs host, Melissa Morriss-Olson speaks with Dr. Weise about how our current education system is poorly equipped to educate workers for such a long journey and how we must design a new learner-centered ecosystem to meet the needs of a new generation of workers. Contemplating a shift from the educational all-you-can-eat-buffet of college and university to an “as-you-need-it” approach to delivering education, Weise explains why and how worker education is overdue for momentous changes. According to Weise, for colleges and universities willing to adopt a long life learning strategy, the benefits for students as well as for the workforce are substantial.