A goal of the APRON Lab is to help students at community colleges and universities understand and prepare for the opportunities and challenges of automation and for careers likely to be affected or created by automation.
The Automation of Work and Work of Automation Learning Module
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-1750731.
The future of work is uncertain. Students need knowledge and tools that help them navigate and inﬂuence their future. Most writing in the public sphere about automation focuses on fears of job loss, but previous research on automation suggests that the effects of automation are more complicated. Students should be less concerned about job loss and more concerned about how to navigate a changing future of work.
This learning module gives educators resources to help familiarize students with advances in technology and changes in organizing that may affect the future work. The goal of the module is to empower students to have more effective deliberations about the future of work and to think critically now about what the future of their work should be. As teachers, we hope this module will help students realize and use the agency they have in shaping the future of work. Dr. Tasha Davis—a collaborator on this project, co-creator of this module, and faculty member at Austin Community College—also created a slide deck that can be adapted for teaching about this topic (PPT PDF).
Our research team and students led by filmmaker Anya Swanson also created Career Profiles that can help introduce students to work in health automation and analytics. Watch the videos below to hear the wise words of Dr. Senem Guney, former Vice President of Language Analytics at Press Ganey and Founder of NarrativeDx; Lehua Gray, Senior UX Designer, and Anmol Abraham, Assistant Director of Health Information Systems at People's Community Clinic.
A key assignment in the module is the Career Profiles students create themselves. Take a look at the Profiles created by students enrolled in the Careers in Caregiving / Communicating with Patients course developed as a part of this research below too.
Career Profiles in Health Automation and Analytics
Dr. Senem Guney
Dr. Guney, Vice President of Language Analytics at Press Ganey and Founder of NarrativeDx, shares her story.
Dr. Guney offers advice for folks new to working in healthcare--especially those thinking of starting a business. Learn more here.
Anmol Abraham, Assistant Director of Health Information Systems at People's Community Clinic, talks through her work supporting the electronic health record that helps the Clinic see their patients.
Watch advice for preparing for careers as a student and the importance of failure and learning from it. Learn more here.
Career Profiles for Students by Students
Students in Communicating with Patients (CMS 330P) created profiles of careers in health and healthcare.
CMS 330P is a foundational class in the UT Austin Patients, Practitioners & Cultures of Care, Bridging Disciplines Program. The class is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-1750731. The Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care program was developed with funding from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (AK-255269-17). The program and the class aim to help the diverse communities of future health professionals at the University of Texas at Austin with leadership from across campus including Anthropology, Architecture, Communication, Nursing, Medicine, English, and and Social Work.