Whether you work as a truck driver, manager, receptionist or CEO, the current moment is a perfect reminder of why all of us should commit to and take advantage of the many ways we can easily become lifelong learners.
For example, regardless of industry, Covid-19 forced people overnight to learn new things like how to navigate a variety of video conferencing solutions, discern how to effectively communicate via instant message and, most importantly, decide which method is a better fit for a particular conversation. Those whose industries were particularly hit hard had to look into learning something totally new in order to pivot, survive and thrive.
But to be clear, lifelong learning doesn’t always have to be about gaining new career skills. Lifelong learning takes many forms, from podcasts by experts to webinars and online courses.
Simone Lewis had extensive experience in Higher Education – as a senior lecturer in sport psychology and coaching – and also in high performance, having been an athlete, coach and administrator.
The idea behind ECAS was to develop the professional skills of 20 high-potential Academy coaches (one from each club) every year, but ultimately it ended up being about much more than that.
“The existing FA qualifications were only ever designed to develop the technical side of coaching,” Lewis explained. “ECAS was intended to complement that, by developing the leadership, personal and professional skills that nobody ever teaches you.
“No-one teaches you how to be more self aware, how to be a better communicator, how to manage conflict, how to recruit staff, how to develop leaders. It was about all of that.
Students typically finish their formal education somewhere between the ages of 18 and 25 – but learning does not stop when one leaves school. Lifelong learning complements a traditional formal education trajectory and refers to the continuous self-development of an individual and the adoption of new knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis. More importantly, it is also a key component of employee development and business strategies.
“Master adaptive learners distinguish themselves by going into a ‘theory-building mode’ to build new schemas when the features of a problem do not fit their knowledge structures,” wrote the authors, Klara K. Papp, PhD, professor of health learning, and Patricia A. Thomas, MD, vice dean of medical education, at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
“They go through the effort of asking ‘why’ questions and seeking to understand what is not explained by what they know,” they added. “They go through the mental effort of trying to understand all of the features of unknown problems rather than attempting to fit problems into existing schemas.”
“The first half of 2020 was all about reacting and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly as possible,” notes Alex Farrugia, Director of the Directorate. “Now that we’re in 2021, our initial teething issues have long since been ironed out. It’s time to look ahead.”
The pace of change is the fastest it has ever been and the slowest it is ever going to be. In the face of ever-evolving technology including advances in automation and artificial intelligence, how will today’s businesses adapt to maintain their competitive advantage while becoming more resilient? The answer lies in fostering an environment that promotes and provides lifelong learning opportunities.
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Platforms such as Dedao have mushroomed on the back of a trend of people paying for online content they deem useful or valuable.
“For people looking to hone a particular skill or quality, they long for avenues offering multi-skill courses taught by qualified teachers at reasonable prices,” Cao said. “Most important of all, they want the platform to be stable. The annual speech serves to create that ‘predictable’ image.”
Dedao started out as an obscure media account, where Luo repackaged complex historical, philosophical or economic topics into a daily 60-second voice message and weekly one-hour video lectures. Soon, they all morphed into a comprehensive knowledge-sharing portal where people pay for a torrent of classes, books and offline events.
“We have learned from history that people are united by questions,” observed Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel. “It is the answers that divide them.”
Questioning has a rich and distinguished tradition in education. It goes all the way back at least to the Socratic questioning method, developed in ancient Greece. This disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables students to explore complex ideas. In the process, they uncover their implicit assumptions, expose deeply held beliefs, and recognize hidden contradictions. Rather than the teacher filling the mind of the student, both are responsible for moving the dialogue forward.
Will lifelong learning play a role in rebuilding our post-covid world? Yes, according to The International Labour Organization:
According to the guide, building the capacity and engagement of workers’organizations in skills development and lifelong learning, based on a human-centred approach and International Labour Standards, will help build a ‘better normal’ in the post-COVID-19 World.
Read how: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/11/20/skills-and-lifelong-learning-critical-for-all-workers/
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