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The Future of
Education and
Employment
BY SHELLY ALCORN, CAE

GEORGIA TECH WAS recently in the
news for something amazing.
Dr. Ashok Goel teaches classes in
artificial intelligence. He decided
to conduct an experiment and
deployed IBM's "Watson" as one
member of his team of teacher's
assistants. The first semester
was a training ground, but in the
second semester the names of all
the TAs were disguised. At the end
of the class, students were asked
to identify which of the TAs they
had interacted with had been an AI
and which ones had been human.
Only 50 percent of the students
specializing in the field got it
right (even after being told to look
for it), and 10 percent of students
incorrectly identified one of the
humans as the AI instead.
As the above story demonstrates,
we are standing on the verge of a
completely new era in our shared
human experience. Disruption is a
popular term that is in danger of
being overused. Still, it is the only
word that accurately describes the
state of affairs in the world today.
Between the advent of machine
learning, the rise of artificial
intelligence, implantable and
ingestible electronics, 3D (and now
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4D) printing and true quantum
computing right on the horizon,
we are being faced with a veritable
tsunami of advancement. More
importantly, these developments are
exponential and systemic in nature.
When one major advancement
takes place, there is a
corresponding cascade of change
that moves through all connected
systems, and the education to
employment system both here in
the United States and in the larger
global community is no exception.
Deep changes are typically sparked
when wicked problems show
themselves in a systemic context.
The future demands a concerted,
collective effort on the part of all
association professionals who
are interested in educational
advancement and the health of
the industries and professions we
represent to understand and to
position themselves to provide new
solutions in a new context.
In our white paper, The
Association Role in the New
Education Paradigm, my co-author
Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A.,
CAE and I (with assistance from
our contributors and those we
interviewed) outline some of the

key changes that are underway
and discuss what associations
can do to help. Here are some
quick snapshots of just a few of
the biggest trends we believe
associations should consider when
thinking about the futures of their
industries and professions.

The K-12 System
K-12 educators are in an
increasingly challenging situation.
School districts are being tasked
with overhauling K-12 to incorporate
the tools, technologies and
innovative learning environments
befitting the 21st century, while
operating in an environment shaped
by decreasing funding, increasing
class sizes and high-stakes testing.
In the meantime, advances in
artificial intelligence are projected
to be able to provide each student
with access to a personalized,
educational tutor that will allow
these students to proceed at their
own pace regardless of what grade
level they are in and transforming
teachers into "knowledge
acquisition facilitators" rather than
instructional providers. Due to
these and other concerns, parents
are increasingly opting out of the



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Spring 2017 - 7
Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Connections - Spring 2017 - 12
Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
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Connections - Spring 2017 - 16
Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
Connections - Spring 2017 - 23
Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
Connections - Spring 2017 - 26
Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Spring 2017 - 28
Connections - Spring 2017 - 29
Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
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Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert1
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