Upgraded by Hobsons is a podcast connecting learning to life. This is a monthly series about student success and education: now and in the future, its challenges, and some incredible stories of hope, discovery, and success.


Education Podcast

Episode Eight: Redefining Success for Students and What’s Ahead for Holistic Admissions

If you take away athletic trophies and the honor roll, are there other ways to define a successful student?

Extra Credit: When a Teacher Becomes a Friend

Many people share stories of teachers who’ve made lasting impressions.

Extra Credit: Beyonce 101

What’s up with Rutgers University offering a course on Beyonce?

Extra Credit: I Met the First Lady. She’s So Cool.

This is a fantastic story of a school counselor who helps her students find their inner rising star and then becomes one herself.

Episode Nine: The Best Measurement of College Readiness

In this episode, hear one man’s mission to change the standard measurement for college readiness, as well as one woman’s professional triumph, and why the beer goggles effect may have it all wrong.

Extra Credit: Experiential Learning Behind Bars

Taking experiential learning to new heights, this innovative college course goes to prison.

Extra Credit: Beyond the Grade

Extra Credit: There is more to a student than her grades.

Extra Credit: Latina Girls FTW!

Inspired by the serious gap between female minorities & tech industries, “Latina Girls Code” has one goal.

Extra Credit: The Classroom Revolution

Chalkboards, ballpoint pens, overhead projectors... it wasn’t long ago these things revolutionized the way we learn.

Extra Credit: There’s More to Students and Student Success, Than Grades

If you take away athletic trophies and the honor roll, are there other ways to define a successful student?

Extra Credit: The First Generation Struggle

Statistically speaking, there are now more first generation students than any other kind.

Extra Credit: Getting Over the Mountain

This is a story of a boy who had to bus over a mountain to get to a better school.

Extra Credit: What You Need to Know about Getting More Minorities into College

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been recognized by TIME magazine as 1 of the 100 most influential people in the world, as well as 1 of 10 of the best college presidents in America.

Extra Credit: The Link Between What You Study and What You Earn

The relationship between what you study in college vs. what you stand to make when you graduate, may not be as obvious as you think.

Episode Seven: Getting more minorities into college and the Link Between What You Study and a Salary

In this episode, we hear from a man once recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Extra Credit: The Power of a Mentor

A powerful story, featuring Arel Moodie, that will remind all the educators out there why they do what they do.

Episode Six: Back to School, college Perks, and Changing the Face of College Admissions

In this episode: Get inspired by motivational speaker Arel Moodie, plus hear what lengths colleges go to, to win over students.

Extra Credit: The Economics of Love and Sex

There’s an off-the-beaten-path course being taught at a Canadian university. It involves love, sex and economics.

Extra Credit: Diversity on Campus: What Lies Ahead

Increased diversity on our country’s college campuses is a goal for most institutions, but what still lies ahead?

Extra Credit: Timely Texts Cool the Summer Melt

There are many reasons freshly graduated high school students experience summer melt.

Episode Five: Timely Text Messages, the Economics of Love and Lust, and the Quest for Diversity

In this episode: We hear how well-timed text messages may be the key to preserving college-bound intentions, and why there is still work ahead for true diversity on campus. Plus, the surprising link between volunteering in your community and learning. Lastly, a college course on the economics of love and sex.

Episode Four: Making college possible, the role of emotions in learning, and Kanye West vs everybody

In this episode: how emotions influence learning, and why there’s a college course centered around Kanye West.

Extra Credit: Why College Students Should Change their Expectations

College is no longer the ticket to a good job. In fact, in this current economy competition is fierce and good jobs, harder to find. So what now? Author and higher education expert, Jeff Selingo, gives college students some advice.

Extra Credit: What’s so critical about critical thinking?

It has never been more critical than now, to be a critical thinker; especially as we often find ourselves drowning in information from every direction.

Episode Two:Personal questions on college applications, thinking critically, and a zombie apocalypse

In today’s episode of Upgraded by Hobsons, we ask questions about what belongs on a college admissions form and what does not.

Episode One: First Class

In this inaugural episode of Upgraded by Hobsons, we explore a whole new take on higher ed. Imagine a university without lectures, without traditional classrooms, without walls...

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