The Second Rail Podcast starts big conversations on important issues.
Gerard on Philosophy for Decisions
Gerard Michols is a public philosopher from Upstate New York who had discussed and written prolifically about reflecting on life from nothingness through reason and ethics.
Edward Knows Emory
Distance learning is an even more radical shift for international students. Moving abroad and holing up means a new generation of university students begin their higher education with zero campus life. Stale debates about online learning’s efficacy have been replaced by practical discussions about implementing and improving the online experience. Higher education remains a main attraction in the US for international students. The pandemic will almost certainly change that forever.
This is an interview with international student from China, Edward Xue. Edward came from Shanghai to Atlanta and experienced a full dose of campus learning and distance learning in less than a year. What does distance learning mean for students with little or no campus experience? Host John Heintz talks with Edward about a full range of issues: the experience of moving abroad for a remote college experience, not only learning online but socializing and building friendships online, how universities are seeking to replicate the campus experience online, the relative importance of campus life in the total value offered through university education, the role of gumption in success online, the unique study space needs of online college students, the challenges of being separated not only from families abroad but peers on campus, time management challenges, living abroad in unknown cities and neighborhoods, long term planning and short term expectations, the impact of international relations on learning and the pandemic’s effect on the vision, hopes and dreams of new university learners.
Genetic counseling is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Janice Berliner recounts her long, storied career from working with patients to analyzing ethical dilemmas in genetic counseling and writing fictionalized accounts of the crises that erupt when life confronts science.
Ava Knows Schooling-in-Place
Ava is sheltering-in-place in Vermont where she’s attending seventh grade. This is an on-the-ground view of her life.
Shelly Knows Genetics
Genetics Counselor and businesswoman Shelly Cummings joins John from her home in Indy to discuss career, science, learning and the future.
Elizabeth Rogers Knows Ed Tech
Elizabeth Rogers discusses stay-at-home life in Coronavirus times and the explosive increased use of educational technologies that will redefine how we think and learn.