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Our overarching approach to education is top down, inflexible, and front loaded in life, and does not encourage collaboration.
Smartphone apps that gamify learning or deliver lessons in small bits of free time can be effective tools for teaching. However, they don’t address the more pressing issue that the future is digital and those whose skills are outmoded will be left behind.
Many companies have a history of effective partnerships with local schools to expand their talent pool, but these efforts are not designed to change overall systems of learning.
The Question We Must Answer
What will we do when digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence eject vast numbers of people from their current jobs, and they lack the skills needed to find new ones?
Solutions could include:
- National and multinational adult education programs
- Greater investment in technical and vocational schools
- Increased emphasis on apprenticeships
- Tax incentives for initiatives proven to close skills gaps
We need a broad, systemic approach that breaks businesses, schools, governments, and other organizations that target adult learners out of their silos so they can work together. Chief learning officers (CLOs) can spearhead this approach by working together to create goals, benchmarks, and strategy.
Advancing the field of learning will help every business compete in an increasingly global economy with a tight market for skills. More than this, it will mitigate the workplace risks and challenges inherent in the digital economy, thus positively influencing the future of business itself.
Download the executive brief Taking Learning Back to School.
Read the full article The Future of Learning – Keeping up With The Digital Economy