In this global Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and genetics research are accelerating the transformation of industries, labor markets, and lifestyles. Global learning technology leader D2L released a new whitepaper today at the 2020 Education World Forum on the future of work and learning. The paper describes how these forces and the interactions between them are permeating all aspects.
How can we make learning our default mode?
According to Holmes, it’s not about amassing random knowledge or memorizing copious amounts of information. It’s about turning what we absorb into strategic action.
“I realized that becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4,000 moves but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times.” — Chet Holmes
We’re hearing more and more about the power of “practicing habits” over “setting goals.”
Millennials spearhead upskilling
Millennials see lifelong learning as an integral part of professional development. This is a generation that doesn’t have the time of day for jobs they find unfulfilling or purposeless. A generation that has largely been free to muse over their visions. Perhaps an inclination towards lifelong learning is simply a product of a lifetime of micro-learning, where the only thing between you and your next skill is a YouTube video?
Read why Millennials value happiness and recognize the beneficial impact of lifelong learning on personal growth, relationships and issues in society at large. Might be the revival of the Community Ed model?
Even the circus appreciates the value of Lifelong Learning! Ringling College and OLLI:
Changing careers multiple times and frequently, known as “job hopping,” once done by outliers, is becoming the norm.
To acknowledge and facilitate this trend, a growing number of businesses understand the value of well-trained employees and are willing to pay for upskilling their workforce, recognizing it improves productivity, employee morale and retention.
Many seniors aren’t looking for learning – they are looking for company.
Bay Ridge Connects, a new non-profit outgrowth of a Brooklyn senior center,does just that. Rather than chair yoga and Bingo, newly-retired members find others looking for practical programs and classes to make the most of their retirement.
Read how this may help keep seniors in their homes longer: https://bklyner.com/bay-ridge-connects/
Anant Agarwal in Forbes writes that in 2020, the line between the future of work and the future of education will continue to blur, with the overall transition to lifelong learning (learning while working, and vice versa) continuing to pick up steam into the new decade.
Increased corporate investment in learning
Rapid expansion in undergraduate-level online, credentials
Transition from transactional learning to a culture of lifelong learning
Troy Korsgaden of InsuranceNewsNet gives 5 small steps for making big changes this year:
There is a reason the term the “building blocks of learning” exists. Think of learning as a giant brick wall that has not yet begun to be constructed. One brick does not a wall make. But over time, those bricks start to add up, and the wall becomes tall and impenetrable.