Podcast: Cathy Casserly on Personalized Learning, Lifelong Learning & Next Gen Infrastructures

Many of you know this edu innovator—currently working with the Institute for the Future, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and serving as an Aspen Institute Fellow—from her time serving as the CEO of Creative Commons. Or, you might know her from her early work as a program officer with the Hewlett Foundation championing open education. There just aren’t many important conversations about the future of education that Cathy Casserly isn’t in, which is why I wanted to get her in the mix on this podcast series—especially around the topics of building out infrastructures for the next generation of learning and moving toward more personalization in education.

Cathy Casserly

Cathy Casserly guests on Episode 5 of the Catalytic Conversations Podcasts. (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

In this podcast, we take on the hard truth that the learning landscape is changing, and change it must. As Cathy points out, people in today’s workforce won’t have 3-4 jobs; in fact, the 18 to 25-year-old cohort entering the workforce can expect to have anywhere from 10-15 jobs. Our current education system, which focuses far too much on the linear progression from high school to college or university, will need to morph to help students meet their learning or earning goals across their lifespan, ready them for effective citizenship, and encourage them to embrace their personal agency in a world that is changing quickly.

And that’s where data and analytics can play a key role: in helping inform, instrument, and help assess the impact of our innovations as we guide the build out. Moreover, in this conversation, you’ll hear us champion the idea that we can retain our access commitment, but better meet people where they are as individuals, and take them where they need to go in a way that is far-more personalized and far-less one sized fits all. We can create systems, structures, and strategies that allow every student to flourish, and we can use innovative technology and richer data as tools to help advance this goal.

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