Thursday, November 16, 2017
“Worried about Robots Taking Your Job? Learn Spreadsheets” in Wired is about a Brookings Institution study looking at the increasing importance of digital skills in the workplace from 2002 to 2016. To summarize, the movement to have everyone learn to code is sexy but folks need to understand and use basid digital tools such as Microsoft Office and other software in a modern workplace. Students who took Digital History and Archival Practices have been hearing this song for years.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Jeff Selingo's "Six Myths about Choosing a College Major" in the New York Times is worth reading when thinking about majors and how they relate to employment. Check out his chart on lifetime earnings. Selingo has written a lot about higher education and the future of work. He has regular articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education plus several books.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Registering for Spring 2017 courses is just around the corner. With that in mind, the history department is offering some interesting courses including two new special topics courses. Chris Dalton is teaching the Way of the Warrior in China and Japan. Steven Pitt is teaching Piracy in the Americas and the American Revolution. The piracy course is a new offering and the American Revolution is always timely. Phillip Payne is offering a course the senior reading seminar on the United States Presidency and, with Dennis Frank, Digital History and Archival Practices. If you want to learn about how historians practice and adapt to the information revolution, this is the class.