Modern Learning Skills for the Networked Age

 

The Networked Age demands a new set of learning skills and tools. In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about acquiring existing knowledge and skills in formal courses but acquiring set of modern learning skills  that includes “learning the new” – constantly discovering new ideas, new thinking, new resources in your industry or profession.

Why are these modern learning skills important?

For individuals

  • The half life of a piece of knowledge is 5 years. A college degree will likely be out of date long before the loan is paid off.
  • There is no such thing as a job for life – only a life of jobs. It is estimated that current students will have more than 10 jobs by the time they are 38. 47% of jobs are likely to be automated in the next 20 years.
  • It’ll be up to every knowledge worker to remain marketable and acquire new knowledege and skills – in order to keep their job or find a new job.

For organisations:

  • Today’s workplace requires that successful employees keep pace and continually learn new procedures, strategies and technologies to stay abreast of developments in their fields. In turn, hiring managers will select employees based on those who have well developed continuous learning skills.
  • Organizations need fresh thinking and fresh ideas. It can’t just be left to one or two people in the organisation to  keep the others up to date; it needs everyone to feed into their teams what they are discovering, to ensure the organisation itself learns continuously.
  • By encouraging and supporting the new skills and tools for people to “learn the new”, organisations will demonstrate an interest in their employees and in this way retain the talent.

For education

  • It is no longer about filling students’ heads with stuff, but preparing them for the new world of work by helping them acquire the skills and toolset to “learn the new”.
  • Although many students are already online and using online services and networks, but they will need guidance and support on the new professional learning skills they will require to find jobs and retain them.

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to find out more about these modern learning skills, take a look at our upcoming workshop: Modern Learning Strategies