Hey William, I see you're in Shanghai. I had the opportunity to visit for a week this past May as part of an educational program. What a great city! One of the key points they are making in this video is that the role of the "instructor" needs to be redefined. This makes perfect sense, since AI will take over assessment and access to information, the "teacher/professor" is no longer the sage on the stage, but a mentor, guide, and professional educator. Similar to a Scrum Master, their role should be to remove obstacles, provide structure, resources, and be the tour guide. Teaching is an art form. -Self-directed learning - growth mindset - competency based assessment - personal learning networks. Would this work with a private enterprise component? Within the learning network, could there be a corporate partnership? I've had to step away from the OPENIDEO project during the holidays, but am interested in teaming up and contributing to a team effort...time permitting. Also, as an American who visited Shanghai Disney, my mind was blown.
Hey Dan, Great idea! I know how time consuming it is to create course content. Anyone in Higher Ed should keep their eye on K-12. Within that academic culture, a collaborative platform was developed where teachers could sell their lesson plans. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ It's been incredibly successful. Do you think this would work with Higher Ed? JIM
Bettina, Thank you for the introduction! Natalie, Greetings! As I've mentioned in one of my other posts, I'm a participant in the challenge...and a participant in "downsizing". We sold our house in July and are trying to figure out if we want to move from where we are or stay. I like your term, "Rightsizing" than "Downsizing." It's not about going downhill or being down, it's more about appropriate resources, actions, and overhead. Not going down, but getting them right. Your research is pretty thorough and you've identified many of the issues facing those in this situation. One of the biggest shifts is going from "what I have to do" to "what I want to do." When raising a family, most people have to focus on the former, not the latter. Of course, there's also "what can I afford." There are those that say the concept of "retirement" is not healthy and/or appropriate. The author Tim Feriss disavows retirement, as does the designer, Stefan Sagmeister. Instead of working 45 years to take time off, Stephan takes a year off every seven years. So maybe the first opportunity is how we define Rightsizing. Here are other opportunities: + Healthcare - Premiums when you transition to self-employment or contract work are horrendous. + New skills training - All of a sudden, there is plenty of time and fewer obligations. At Ohio State University, anyone over 60 can audit courses.....for free. Let's lower the age to encourage Rightsizing skills. Many people at this age group have the experience and maturity to start a business. However, there are few startup programs that are focused on this age group. Perhaps a partnership with the tech savvy and life savvy? + Valuation of wisdom - How do we leverage the life wisdom of people who have been there and done that. What worked and what would they have done differently? Life Lessons should be captured. I think this could relate to the other challenge regarding Higher Education. We stumbled into decisions about college for our kids with very little guidance. Now we know. + Which takes me to another topic- Rightsizing Awareness - Many of the decisions facing those over 50 are based on actions taken when people are in their 40s. Example: What are the financial implications of decisions when your child is young? + Contribution vs compensation. I'm sure there are organizations that address this issue, but giving back becomes more important than getting. What professions provide the opportunity to participate in low income, high impact jobs? What about Teach America for experienced adults? + Ongoing financial obligations - Many in this age group have to take care of two generations, their parents and their children. We know about the increase in college graduates living with their parents. There is also the issue of an increasing life-span, and having to take care of parents in their 80s and 90s. What financial programs can help with deal with both issues?
This is more of a mind dump than a statistical study. Let me know if you want any more feedback. Thanks for having this forum. More later. Jim