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

Taking the Lead

Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated with her parents to the United States at age eleven. She first rose to public prominence in 1993 as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1997 she was appointed as the nation’s first female Secretary of State by President Bill Clinton. In 2012 she was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama. Now a professor of diplomacy at Georgetown University, Albright has remained active as an author, lecturer, and international envoy.

In her Commencement address to UC San Diego graduates Albright stresses the need to build communities, both locally and globally, and the importance of public service – topics on which she is eminently qualified to speak, having spent her adult life as a diplomat and dedicated public servant. As Secretary, Albright was an articulate advocate for democracy, human rights, fair labor practices, environmental protection, and global trade, and in her talk she notes that these core values align precisely with UC San Diego’s institutional philosophy and mission goals.

She urges the assembled students to become actively involved in public life and to assume leadership roles in addressing such serious issues as income inequality, climate change, nuclear proliferation, peace in the Middle East, terrorism, and, of course, immigration reform, noting that in addition to being the first female Secretary of State she is herself an immigrant. Albright emphasizes that the interconnectedness of today’s world heightens the need for thoughtful communal consensus in formulating new strategies and policies, and that UC San Diego graduates are well-disposed to effect those changes.

Watch — UC San Diego All Campus Commencement 2019 with Madeleine Albright

Ethics and Social Science

“We’re not just playing games in empty classrooms anymore,” says Scott Desposato, professor of political science at UC San Diego.

As the world of social science is increasingly reaching beyond the traditional college campus setting for their studies, new ethical questions are emerging. Sure, large amounts of data can be gathered in massive scale field experiments but are we neglecting the principles of informed consent? How should science and society work together to break new ground while pushing innovative thought forward? Explore these questions and more in this program.

Watch — Emerging Ethics Challenges for Experimental Social Science – Exploring Ethics

Career Planning for College Students

How can students leverage their college years to find their ideal career path? From connecting with an alumni network to finding the right summer job, your campus career center is here to help. They can take you beyond building a resume to thinking about your personal goals, the art of networking, and building marketable life skills.

Kris Hergert, executive director of the Career Center at UC San Diego, talks about how to work toward your future and translate the world of academic rigor to the world of work.

Watch Career Planning for College Students with Kris Hergert – Job Won

VR! It’s happening!

8232While the idea of strapping on goggles to virtually visit Ancient Rome or go inside a molecule sounds like the stuff of science fiction, the technology to do just that is becoming more popular and available every day. Yes, there are plenty of obstacles — from cost to teacher training — but using virtual reality as an educational tool offers considerable
benefits. Not only can it boost visual and technology literacy, but it also improves students’ attention and engagement. Learn how this technology has the possibility to transform K-12 education from educators and engineers gathered by Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego.

Click here to watch Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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