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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Leah Belsky from Coursera.

Leah first recounts the founding of Coursera, addresses common misconceptions about massive open online courses (MOOCs), and identifies the groups of people that Coursera serves [2:22]. She then describes the ways in which Coursera measures the quality of the courses on its platform [8:36]. Leah next talks about the flexibility of nontraditional providers like Coursera [15:16]. Finally, Leah gives her perspective on the skills gap issue, how Coursera may fit into the solution to the problem, and what policymakers should do to help [21:51]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Leah.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Brian Jones from Strayer University to discuss innovations in higher education.

Brian first gives an overview of Strayer University and the nontraditional students that Strayer serves [2:51]. Next, Brian describes how “mindsets of behaviors” add value to students in the eyes of employers [9:09]. Brian then offers his opinion on the role that policy should play in closing the skills gap [16:25]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Brian.

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Matthew Sigelman from Burning Glass Technologies.

Matthew begins by explaining Burning Glass’s role in tracking the job market [2:57]. Next, he identifies a need for training programs which are more responsive to changes in skills demand [9:24]. From there, Matthew gives his take on the effect that automation will have on the job market [17:17]. Matthew then shifts to an analysis of nontraditional skills providers [21:03]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their discussion with Matthew [30:16].

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Liz Simon from General Assembly to talk about coding bootcamps and their role in closing the skills gap. Liz first outlines how General Assembly is providing pathways for nontraditional learners to reskill [7:55]. She then describes how General Assembly developed a framework to assess student outcomes and measure program quality [16:49]. Next, Liz offers her viewpoint on the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships pilot, Title IV expansion, and the future of workforce development [21:38]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Liz [34:11].

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick and John Bailey sit down with Alex Hernandez from the Charter School Growth Fund to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) in charter schools.

Alex first analyses shifts in the charter school sector and explains the difference between the college prep and the CTE models of education [6:26]. Alex then discusses the feasibility of delivering charter school education to workers in need of retraining and to children in rural districts [15:12]. Next, Alex offers his perspective on what needs to be done on the policy front to allow CTE and other educational innovations to flourish [22:08]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Alex [27:12].

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Diane Jones from the Urban Institute to discuss the role of community colleges and apprenticeship programs in closing the skills gap.

Diane first breaks down the world of apprenticeships: what they are [7:20], the sectors they serve [9:54], the differences between registered and unregistered apprenticeships [13:33], how apprenticeships in the United States compare to those in other countries [20:18], and how they are regulated [28:08]. Diane then shifts to a conversation about the role of community colleges and how they have changed in response to new challenges [33:29]. Next, Diane details state efforts to solve the skills gap issue [43:00]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Diane [46:30].

Welcome to the New Skills Marketplace podcast on the AEI Podcast Channel. Hosts Andy Smarick and John Bailey will be exploring new and innovative approaches to education, human-capital development, and preparation for the workforce in a world where technology and globalization have changed the nature of work.

Each Tuesday, starting September 19, they’ll interview some of the most innovative and prominent thinkers and practitioners across the landscape of education and workforce development, including leaders in American secondary and postsecondary education, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, the research and policy communities, and more.