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Unique biweekly insights and news review from Ray Schroeder, Senior Fellow at UPCEA.

Preparing Students for the AI-Enhanced Workforce

September 18, 2023

Our graduating and certificate-completing students need documented generative AI skills, and they need them now. The common adage repeated again and again is that AI will not take your job; a person with AI skills will replace you. The learners we are teaching this fall who will be entering, re-entering or seeking advancement in the…

Supporting the Faculty Member Fearing GenAI

August 31, 2023

The advent of Generative AI has hit higher education with the force of an earthquake, deeply shaking many faculty members who have serious concerns for their careers. IBM reports that 40% of the workforce will require reskilling due to the advent of genAI. And, that is just in the next three years! Imagine reading reports…

The Servant Leader in Higher Education

August 17, 2023

One of the greatest leaders in the history of the United States commonly closed his correspondence with “Your obedient servant, A. Lincoln.” There is much we in higher education can learn from Lincoln, not the least of which is his approach to leadership. He led with courage, conviction, and a vision of service that encompassed…

Generative AI in College and Departmental Administration

August 3, 2023

Generative AI can be an important assistant in promoting excellence in the role of Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair or Department Head. In recent weeks, we have been identifying ways that we can use generative AI to help with engaging students in classes. In particular, we have been motivated by the urgent need to give…

Productively and Painlessly Integrating Gen AI into Your Fall Classes

July 20, 2023

It is important that we give our learners experience in using generative AI to prepare them for job interviews, career advancement and efficient practices in the workplace. One might ask why should we bend to the latest fad in our field? Let me be clear that AI is not a fad. It will not fade…

This Fall, How Will You Integrate Gen AI into Your University Work?

July 6, 2023

We are already halfway through the summer. Now is the time to put into action your resolution to apply the power of AI at work! Generative AI has been around for a few years, but it hit the higher ed scene in a big way in 2022 with GPT 3.5. All of a sudden, it…

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Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Fellow at UPCEA. Each year, Ray publishes and presents nationally on emerging topics in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray’s social media publications daily reach more than 12,000 professionals. He is the inaugural recipient of the A. Frank Mayadas Online Leadership Award, recipient of the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award, the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award, and the American Journal of Distance Education/University of Wisconsin Wedemeyer Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016.