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UCTV’s Education Channel Offers Expertise, Inspiration for a Lifetime of Learning

Whether you’re a preteen exploring robotics, a high schooler filling out college applications, a parent struggling with distance learning or a teacher looking for videos to engage your students, UCTV’s Education Channel has something for you. In fact, the new channel offers high-quality resources for learners of all ages.

“The Education Channel as it stands today attends to the needs of a diverse global audience, providing engaging, leading-edge educational programming across the lifespan,” said Morgan Appel, assistant dean of UC San Diego Extension’s Education and Community Outreach (ECO) Department, which supports the channel’s programming.

The Education Channel evolved from UCTV’s STE+aM Channel, which focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The new channel incorporates STEAM-related content but covers a much broader range of education-related topics and serves a wider audience.

“The Education Channel can perhaps be best characterized as the next logical step in our work in television,” Appel explained. “This transition was in the works but was given a sense of urgency and accelerated as a result of the onset of the pandemic.”

Content for the channel draws on an impressive pool of experts, including faculty from UC San Diego and across the University of California System, as well as Extension instructors. Contributors also include community partners, such as schools and nonprofit groups, and recognized authorities in education, public policy and more. Most programming is underwritten by ECO; the Girard Foundation and other organizations also provide support.

Here are a few examples of resources you’ll find on the Education Channel:

  • Staying Sane: Tips for Parents in Unprecedented Times – This video series from educators Shelli Kurth and Nicole Assisi offers advice, encouragement and inspiration for families struggling with distance learning. Topics range from “Reading with Your Kids” to “Your Self Care Toolkit.”
  • College Admissions – Extension instructor Steven Mercer hosts a series of videos to help with the college planning and application process, ranging from “College Tuition Costs” to “The UC Application and Admission Process During COVD-19.”
  • College Transition – A series of videos from the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC San Diego shares tips for the transition to college. Subjects include “You Got into College! Now What?” and “Navigating College as a First-Gen Student.”

The Education Channel is available on the UCTV website and on a variety of other platforms, including YouTube, Amazon and Roku. Videos are categorized for ease of access. Companion guides are available for some topics, such as remote learning during the pandemic.

Appel emphasized that ECO strives to provide educational resources in a wide array of formats. “Our work in television is part of a more comprehensive approach to instructional delivery that includes courses and workshops, companion guides, podcasts, and video in English and Spanish,” he noted.

The Education Channel is helping ECO reach the broadest possible audience, Appel added: “We serve pre-kindergarten to post-retirement with programming designed to meet viewers where they are – be that creating a home-learning environment for elementary students, applying to college in uncertain times, exploring careers in education, or gaining insight into the state of education and workforce development in the 21st century.”

Browse all programs available on the Education Channel.

By Margaret King


Examining Neoliberalism’s Role in Modern Far-Right Politics

The world is seeing a rise in far-right politics, from Italy, to France, to Brexit, to President Trump. So, how did we get here? And, where exactly are we? Is this authoritarianism, fascism, populism, or something else? These are the questions political theorist Wendy Brown addresses in her talk, Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was.

Brown begins by outlining what she sees as the classical liberal thinking on the subject. The story goes like this: neoliberal economic policies devastated rural and suburban areas taking away decent jobs, pensions, schools, services and infrastructure as social spending dried up, and capital began to chase cheap labor and tax havens in the global south. At the same time, a cultural gap grew between those rural and suburban communities, and urban centers. Rural families were alienated, left behind, and felt like strangers in their own land. This feeling was coupled with enduring racism as immigrant communities transformed some suburban neighborhoods and the politics of equality appeared to the uneducated white male, to favor everyone but him.

Brown says that story is incomplete. She argues it fails to address a key component of neoliberalism: the idea that society and robust democracy disrupt the natural hierarchy of markets and traditional morals. Brown argues that classical neoliberalism seeks to disintegrate society and universal suffrage, leading to a world where those who were historically dominant – the white male in particular – feel that dominance fade. What is left, are feelings of rage and resentment. Brown imagines two possible futures for those feelings, one bleaker than the next. First, she describes world in which politics are based solely on spite and revenge. The second option? A reversal of values, where those who have lost the world they feel historically entitled to seek to destroy it. But, she leaves some room for hope if humanity can draw deeply from our imaginations, courage and grit.

Watch Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was


Working with Artificial Intelligence to Keep Americans Employed

We have all heard the dire warnings. Artificial intelligence is predicted to decimate job sectors already hit hard by outsourcing. Some studies suggest up to half of all work could be automated by 2030. That means factory workers, drivers, even some accountants may find themselves without a job.

Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, knows the pain of job-loss all too well. She witnessed the closing of factories in towns like Greenville, where three thousand of the town’s eight thousand residents worked at the same plant. But, Granholm remains optimistic about the future of employment in the United States. She believes we can make artificial intelligence work for us, not against us.

Granholm uses the autonomous vehicle as one example. While the technology could put five million drivers out of work, it could also create millions of new jobs. We could see the rise of new industries such as mobile motels, or pop-up shops. Driverless cars could eliminate the need for massive parking lots, creating space for affordable housing. But, new industries require a workforce with new skills.

Granholm has five suggestions for creating that workforce. Three of those suggestions focus on investment in training, including apprenticeships and internships. She suggests diverting funds currently used to subsidize unemployment. She also says we need to come up with a way to create portable benefits for people with alternative jobs, such as Uber drivers and other app-based workers. The final suggestion: pay people for their data. Granholm says the tech sector is making billions off our personal information, and there may be a way to share that wealth.

Watch Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?


Summer With CSE

Sum-sum, sum-sum sum-sum summetime! It’s baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and…a bananiano?!

Well, its UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, so you shouldn’t expect anything near ordinary! That’s Summer with UC San Diego CSE.

From High School teachers going to summer school classes to learn coding, to hyperdimensional computing to building robots and a bananiano – all while teaming up with our friends across the border check out the new series Summer With CSE on The Computer Science Channel.

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