The Shift: Where Education Meets Technology

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In this inspirational podcast, Allison Cerra, author and expert about the influence of technology, shares her experience researching changes among generational cohorts, how technology is impacting problem-solving and critical thinking, and incorporating learning sciences into technology design. This is a great sneak peek of her closing keynote session at Cite, Pearson’s upcoming annual online learning conference.

Here are some noteworthy quotes from the podcast:

Regarding our ability to instantly find answers to complex questions on the web:

“There is something to be said about what occurred in the “dark ages”, before we had everything so connected and instantly available; when we had to go search for the solution to a problem through trial and error, through discipline, and through sweat equity that gave us a different kind of learning pursuit as a result.”

On the importance of critical thinking:

“Critical thinking is really important for us NOT to miss, because tomorrow’s worker needs to be able to think differently and think critically, no matter the type of technology that’s around them.”

Regarding how business leaders need to train new graduates as they enter the workforce:

“We have to remember that new workers are wired differently, that they process and learn differently than other generations. We can’t project our learning styles and learning biases upon them and believe that there is only one way to learn effectively.”

Listen to the full conversation.




If you aren’t able to attend this “can’t miss” session in person Thursday, April 30, don’t fret! Allison’s presentation is one of several that will be available to view live and on-demand as part of our new virtual track. For complete details on our Cite virtual track, as well as our on-site program agenda, visit our event website.


About Allison Cerra
Allison Cerra, Author

Allison Cerra, Author

Allison Cerra is a leading expert on how technology influences the way we work, live, and play. With more than 15 years of experience leading marketing organizations for some of the world’s largest technology companies, Allison brings a practical approach to demystifying the interconnection between technology trends—including mobility, cloud, big data, security, and collaboration—and examining where these forces could lead cultures in the future.

Allison is the co-author of three works: Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility and Globalization; Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age; and The Shift: The Evolving Market, Players and Business Models in a 2.0 World. She was named to the “40 Under 40” lists of Global Telecoms Business and the Dallas Business Journal. She was also recognized as the Outstanding Young Alumna from Southern Methodist University in 2011 and honored as CMO of the Year for 2011 by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Marketing Association.