July 27, 2021
SmartBrief on Professional, Continuing & Online Education
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Leadership & Innovation
Virtual CE programs have benefits, drawbacks
Participants in dental continuing education programs being held online during the pandemic said they prefer an in-person format, dentist Gordon Christensen wrote in a Dental Economics report. Christensen, who has done more than 100 virtual CE programs during the pandemic, noted that virtual events should last from one to three hours for best results and that webcams aren't as effective for dental CE as hands-on, in-person learning.
Full Story: Dental Economics (7/21) 
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The future of work at Nissan requires reskilling of the work being done, as well as changes in employee engagement and flexible work, says Mark Stout, corporate vice president for global HR. Nissan also manages two workforces -- a factory group that has been on-site throughout the pandemic and an office-based staff that should benefit from "a flexible hybrid model in most locations," Stout says.
Full Story: People Matters (India) (7/21) 
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Visualization techniques, including actual drawings, can be an alternative way to illustrate strategic plans and to win employee buy-in, JJ Pastore writes. Good visualization is a form of storytelling that overcomes resistance and addresses sensitive topics, Pastore writes.
Full Story: Root Inc. (7/20) 
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Growing education options lead to operating uncertainty
Growing education options lead to operating uncertainty
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The rising number of educational pathways, including longer degree terms and stacked credentials, are making it difficult for universities and colleges to pin down operating metrics, but it's a sure bet they'll be changing, writes UPCEA Center for Research and Strategy Director Jim Fong. Wading through the uncertainties and capitalizing on repeat business due to credentialing are important next steps, Fong writes. Read more.
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Improving Teacher Wellness and Self-Care
As teachers prepare to head back to the classroom, many are looking for ways to manage and protect their mental and emotional health, especially after what has been an incredibly taxing past year. Join SmartBrief on August 26th as mental health experts offer practical tips and ideas to help teachers and school leaders. Register Now
Policy Matters
James Kvaal has been waiting since spring to be confirmed by the Senate as the US Education Department undersecretary, with the vote held up by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., who wants details on student loans, for-profit college oversight and other topics before moving forward. It is not clear whether Warren plans to delay votes on five other potential Education Department officials who also are in the confirmation pipeline.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (7/22) 
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UPCEA Updates
Free virtual events with UPCEA
Reserve your seat and join your colleagues for learning, networking, and more! Webinars, ThinkTanks, and chats are free for UPCEA members.
  • How to Retain & Support the New Professional Learner | July 29 at 2 p.m. ET | Register.
  • Coffee Chat: Finding Balance During Chaos: Preparing for Peak Times | August 3 at 2 p.m. ET | Add to your calendar.
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Reminder: Regional Award Nominations Due Aug. 6
Recognize outstanding programs and individuals (staff, faculty, and students) by submitting a 2021 Regional Award nomination – and yes, you can nominate yourself! Learn more and submit a nomination for your regional awards:
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Research & Analysis
Training, development and career-growth opportunities are essential to keeping manufacturing employees younger than 25, according to a study by The Manufacturing Institute's Center for Manufacturing Research. In addition, mobile, flexible training has emerged as a necessary alternative to degree-based learning.
Full Story: HR Dive (7/23) 
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President Joe Biden recently said that a restaurant owner could address hiring challenges by paying higher wages, a suggestion that has drawn responses from various groups that note other issues affecting the labor market. "Large corporations can afford to upskill workers to fill specific needs, but small businesses must fill those specific needs with existing talent at a wage that works for both the employer and employee," said IFA President and CEO Matt Haller.
Full Story: The Hill (7/23) 
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