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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Mark Schneiderman: Director, SIIA

Your Reputation Creates the Way You Will Learn — A Social Media Project that Tests the Reputation Graph

Credit to Jon Bischke who has really been the vanguard in reputation graph thinking. This series is dedicated to him.

Here’s one of the first interviews we’ve received in a social media project to track what people think about education and their careers. Your reputation online will model your ability to learn and to teach others, as people turn increasingly to the online space for their information, social networking and education. So, let’s get to know the people who will teach each other.

Interview with Mark Schneiderman, Director of SIIA follows after the jump.

Douglas:  Can you think of a single skill you learned in K12 that you use today in a way that has made you feel successful in business or in your career, in general? What is it and why has it helped?

Mark:  I had several junior and senior high school history and literature classes centered around the writing of essays. My ability to write — including framing an issue, making the arguments and drawing a conclusion — has served me very well in college and career to organize and communicate my thoughts.

Douglas:  What do you think will be a defining trend in education innovation in the next ten years?

Mark: The defining education innovation over the next decade will be the move from a school and fixed-time centered education to one centered around the student’s learning style, pace, place, etc. as powered by learning technologies and online learning.

Douglas:  What have you learned in your engagement in social media that has helped you in your current career?

Mark:  My engagement in social media has helped me be more concise and engaging in my writing. Of course, I’ve also been exposed to many ideas and happenings from others that I may not have learned about absent social media.

Douglas:  Can you describe a transformative experience you have had that was brought on by engaging with others in the digital media space?

Mark:  Nothing transformative in my personal use, but certainly many examples in my professional use where I have connected with others that I would not otherwise have encountered.

Douglas:  If you were to hire someone for a job in your current career today, what would you expect that person to know how to do immediately? Does the current education system from which you pull your talent offer this kind of training, or do you feel that it is training you have to offer your new hires?

Mark:  The most important job skills in my area of work are problem solving, information literacy, and communications. These skills are required to research and respond to ever evolving challenges and tasks. This training is usually done on the job with new hires, and new talent arrives with varying degrees of these skills. Our education system must incorporate more problem-based learning into the curriculum to facilitate these skills, moving away from emphasis on information to one on knowledge and skills.

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