You may have seen this article in the New York Times, Gearing Up for the Cloud, AT&T Tells Its Workers: Adapt, or Else in which the AT&T CEO is reported as saying
“There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop … People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning … will obsolete themselves with the technology.”
Provided this doesn’t just mean taking online courses I very much agree. I firmly believe keeping up to date with new knowledge and skills is essential – but that comes as much from connecting with people (through professional online networking) as it does from accessing content sources in a variety of formats (videos, blogs, podcasts, web articles, etc etc as well as courses).
And, of course, we all learn all the time – often unconsciously – from our daily work and interactions with colleagues as well as from our lives outside of work.
But how much time would you say you spend learning – in planned ways – every week – in any way or format, formal or informal? Here’s a mini-poll.