Trends in Higher Education with Scott Jaschik - Trending In Education - Episode 108

September 4, 2018

Mike, Brandon, and Dan welcome Scott Jaschik, Co-Founder and Editor of, to the show. The group walks through a wide variety of topics concerning colleges and universities, from discuss dwindling enrollments and population changes in the Northeast to challenges emerging around international students. What are some of the biggest issues emerging on campuses today? Listen in to find out.


The 2018 Gartner Hype Cycle - Trending in Education - Episode 107

August 28, 2018

It's that time of year again! Mike, Brandon, and Dan take a look at the newly released Gartner Hype Cycle. Our trio of hosts breaks down how the cycle works, some of their favorite technologies featured this year, and some of the year over year changes. They also discuss what an education and EdTech hype cycle might look like. What do you think should make it on? Get hyped!


Talking Learning Science with Larry Rudman - Trending In Education - Extra

August 23, 2018

Mike sits down with Larry Rudman, VP of Learning Science and Instructional Design at Kaplan, to engage in a free-flowing discussion about the problems inherent in applying learning science findings in real life contexts in the modern world. Larry shares his personal experiences from a long and varied career in the field while summoning up fascinating examples of researchers, educators, and learning engineers  grappling with the thorny problems we're all wrestling with in learning and education today.


The Data Science, and Moneyball, of Kickball - Trending In Education - Episode 106

August 21, 2018

Mike, Brandon and Dan dive into a recent article by Eli Sheldon of Edsurge titled "How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking - and Fun - To Gym Class." The trio walks through the use of statistical analysis and data science to expand gym class beyond the physical and explore the concept of SABRLearning, one of Mike's predictions for 2018. Can sports bridge into math through real life applications of next level computational analytics? There's reminiscences of middle school sports careers, discussions about Data Captains, and some interesting thoughts for educators and learning professionals curious about designing lesson plans that resonate with the future of work.



A Conversation on Learning with Matt Cooper, Skillshare CEO - Trending In Education - Extra

August 17, 2018

Mike Palmer sits down with Matt Cooper, CEO of Skillshare, to talk about subscription-based education, curating learning content, the need for creative skills, and how Skillshare stays on top of new education trends. The discussion covers the Netflix model and things to learn from other subscription models, as well as how often their best students often turn into their best teachers. Matt also discusses what he calls "forced serependity.” Tune in to find out what he means and so much more.


Learning from Netflix Part 2 - Subscription-based Learning - Trending In Education - Episode 105

August 14, 2018

In Part 2 of our Learning from Netflix series, Brandon, Dan, and Mike take a look at subscription-based educational platforms. Skillshare, for example, just received 28 million dollars in funding and provides an "all you can eat" approach to education with a monthly or yearly subscription fee. What challenges might subscription-based educational platforms face? What benefits will learners gain from having access to curated collections of learning content? And how does all of this relate to the evolving expectations of learners in the golden age of top-notch on-demand media in which we're all living today? Listen in to get our hosts takes on the topic. Also, catch a sneak listen to Friday's extra, where Mike sits down to discuss this topic with Matt Cooper, CEO of Skillshare.


The NBA and Workforce Engagement with Tarlin Ray - Trending in Education - Extra

August 10, 2018

On this extra, we welcome back Tarlin Ray, co-founder of Kaplan Labs, to discuss what lessons we might learn from how the NBA engages their millennial workforce. What can we learn from the Golden State Warriors structure and engagement? How did a simple moment of listening by Steve Kerr work to his advantage? All that and more on the latest extra from Trending In Education


LeBron James and the I Promise School in Akron - Trending In Education - Episode 104

August 7, 2018

On this week's episode of Trending In Education, Brandon, Mike, and Dan take a look at the recent announcement from LeBron James about the creation of the I Promise school within the city of Akron. What life experiences of the former Cleveland Cavalier influenced the school? How will students and families alike benefit from availability of training, food pantries, bicycles, and technology? How do our trio of hosts see this influencing other school districts? Can any of the hosts find anything bad to say about LeBron? All that and more on this week's Trending in Education.


Ghosting in the Workplace - Trending in Education - Extra

August 3, 2018

Dan and Mike are joined by Kristen Smith, who leads a team of Student Brand Ambassadors at Kaplan Test Prep, to talk about the concept of "ghosting" and how it relates to the hiring lifecycle. We discuss the evolution of the term and how hiring managers are encountering it as a growing trend. Along similar generational lines, the trio takes a look at a recent New York Times article on how higher education is shifting to meet the changing needs of Generation Z (or iGen).


Learning from Netflix Part 1 - Trending In Education - Episode 103

July 31, 2018

In the first of a two-part episode, Mike, Brandon, and Dan discuss a recent Harvard Business Review article by Bill Taylor focused on the Netflix business model. They discuss the power of data and big ideas, the need to continually disrupt yourself, and how important culture is to a successful business model.