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A New Intersection: Digital and Lifelong Learning for the Future of Work

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Location: MCCNO Room 391-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Lea Downing  
Joey Lehrman  
Caroline McKinnon  
Dr. Brandon Olszewski  

We'll dive into new ISTE SkillRise learning resources available to support adult learner-workers' professional and educational success through the release of the Profile of a Lifelong Learner digital and lifelong learning skills curriculum. We will explore our new reality where isolated digital skills are no longer enough to remain agile and fulfilled in work or personal life, and how the merging of digital and lifelong learning skills expands one's ability to learn, grow, solve problems, ethically advocate for oneself and others, and help build a more just and equitable world for all.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Innovation in higher education
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After attending this session, participants will:
- Have greater awareness of the particular digital skills-related challenges that are presenting in many industries now and will likely increase in the future of work.
- Better understand the need for learning opportunities that support acquisition of intersecting digital and lifelong learning skills.
- Be aware of the SkillRise digital and lifelong learning skills curriculum and know how to access it and its supporting resources.
- Have greater understanding of the work and mission of SkillRise, including how it fits into the ISTE vision and larger educational ecosystem.


1. Welcome + introduction to SkillRise (10 minutes)
- Start with a digital literacy tip
- -Continue by presenting an employment challenge scenario to which simple digital skills acquisition would not be an adequate solution.
- - -Brainstorming activity: Q - What new skills could this employee learn to help them in this situation? A - An intersecting digital and lifelong learning skill.

2. Introduction to the Profile of a Lifelong Learner + Curriculum project (20 minutes)
- What is the Profile?
- - Take a moment to present the Profile MLE
- What need did this respond to?
- Why did we create curriculum to support Profile concepts?

3. Presentation of digital and lifelong learning skills curriculum (20 minutes)
- Overview
- How the lessons work
- Reception
- Activity: Exploring the curriculum + discussion
- - Q: How are these learning resources similar to digital skills resources you’ve used in the past? And how are they different?
- - Q: What kinds of additional resources could make this curriculum more effective?

4. Q&A and conclusion
- End with a digital literacy tip
- Invite attendees to explore additional SkillRise resources and engage with our social media
- Share feedback form

Supporting research

SkillRise Profile of a Lifelong Learner Literature Review:

SkillRise Profile of a Lifelong Learner Landscape Scan:

Aspen Institute/Upskill America report:

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Lea Downing, ISTE's SkillRise

Lea Downing is an educator and writer dedicated to transforming traditional educational models for adult learners. She has over 15 years of experience in adult education and helped build eLearn, a fully-online adult education program for students at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. In 2019, the eLearn model was recognized as the COABE State Innovation of the Year. Lea is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (B.A.) and the University of New Orleans (M.F.A.), serves as a project manager for ISTE's SkillRise initiative, and lives in New Orleans, LA.

Joey Lehrman, ISTE's SkillRise

Joey Lehrman is an advocate for innovation in learning and teaching. As an experienced educator, speaker, and writer, Joey focuses on how to use technology to create more accessible, relevant, and effective educational opportunities for adult learners. In his primary role in the Adult Education Program at Delgado Community College, Joey helped to launch the first fully online adult education program in the state that led to the program receiving the 2019 COABE State Innovation of the Year award. Joey also serves as a project manager for ISTE's SkillRise, a national non-profit dedicated to helping educators use technology to transform adult learning.

Caroline McKinnon, ISTE

Caroline McKinnon has worked for over 20 years with refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture and trafficking. She built and implemented programs to provide equitable, free education and work skills services for low income workers in the US, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. She is the Senior Program Manager, Adult Education and SkillRise at ISTE, and a passionate advocate for equity and belonging in curriculums, workplaces and digital training.

Dr. Brandon Olszewski, ISTE

Brandon Olszewski, Ph.D., ISTE’s director of research, leads many of the organization’s program evaluation and research efforts, as well as projects that focus on educational technology, product usability and design, the learning sciences and adult learning. He’s passionate about making research and science practical. Olszewski has over 15 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science, and specializes in edtech and digital age skills, STEM instruction, social psychology and mixed-methods evaluations that leverage quantitative and qualitative methods. He has managed the implementation and evaluation of innovative projects funded by the National Science Foundation (including ITEST, Cyberlearning, IEECI and Noyce), the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education (including Oregon’s Earning for a Lifetime program and Alabama’s ACCESS), and private foundations (HP, the Verizon Foundation, Walmart Giving, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative). He has published on topics including program evaluation, educational technology, sociology, special education, workforce development, and social science methodology and psychometrics. His dissertation focused on the relationship between the politics of small schools reform and changes to teachers’ work. He has also been an adjunct instructor in the University of Oregon Department of Sociology.

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