MWL Newsletter No 24

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 23-29 July 2017

Article of the Week

Lifelong learning helps people, governments and business. Why don’t we do more of it? World Economic Forum, 27 July 2017

“For companies, investing in worker skills makes sense too – it promotes flexibility and creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and an increased sense of agency among staff, making them happier and more productive. These are, of course, exactly the traits needed as companies face of the challenges of the latest industrial revolution.”

From around the Web

Lifetime Learning Is the New Model for Higher Education  Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 July 2017

“Together, these changes suggest that education needs a dramatically new approach, in which learning is a lifelong pursuit, not an endeavor limited to a few years in early adulthood. This new model will emphasize both soft skills and hard skills that meet the needs of employers, particularly given the expected influence of automation and artificial intelligence.”

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants Harvard Business Review, 24 July 2017

“One might argue that corporate clients prefer speaking to their strategy consultants to get high priced, custom-tailored advice that is based on small teams doing expensive and time-consuming work. And we agree that consultants provide insightful advice and guidance. However, a great deal of what is paid for with consulting services is data analysis and presentation. Consultants gather, clean, process, and interpret data from disparate parts of organizations. They are very good at this, but AI is even better. For example, the processing power of four smart consultants with excel spreadsheets is miniscule in comparison to a single smart computer using AI running for an hour, based on continuous, non-stop machine learning.”

Teaching the Google Generation The Next Web, 27 July 2017

“How has the centrality of Google to our everyday learning experience changed the process of educating young learners, the cohort who have never really lived in a world without Google and whom some call the Google Generation?”

From the MWL Magazine

The case for the new role of the Modern Learning Advisor
Jane Hart, 25 July 2017

“The role of the Modern Learning Advisor is about building and supporting self-reliant and self-sufficient modern professionals who make the most of, and learn from all kinds of experiences and opportunities to self-improve and self-develop. It’s not about designing, delivering or managing learning for them.”

MWL Workshop

Supporting independent continuous learning 

4 September – 6 October 2017

In the modern workplace it is no longer the role of L&D just to organise and manage modern learning experiences, but to enable and support modern learning in the organisation – so that employees are empowered to learn independently. This is the work of the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor.  In this 5-week online workshop we look at how to help managers and individuals adopt a modern professional learning mindset as well as empower individuals to take responsibility for their own continuous self-improvement (in their existing job) and self-development (to prepare for the future),

30 Day Learning Challenges

Available for immediate sign up

Manage your own self-development
This Challenge will help you develop the habit of organising and managing your own self-development. Over the 30 days it will take you through the process of setting your own professional goals, identifying the most appropriate ways to achieve those goals (and not just by taking courses or programs!), recording your own progress and evidencing your achievements.

Get the most out of your daily work

This Challenge will help you get the most out of your day job so that you can benefit from your everyday work activities. Over the 30 days it will consider a number of different aspects of your daily work which includes addressing your own performance problems, as well as working with your manager, your team and other colleagues

Learn something new every day

This Challenge will help you build a habit of learning something new every day. Over the 30 days it will expose you to a variety of free sources and resources where you can learn something new everyday. Your goal in this Challenge is to find a number of useful sources that will inspire you to continue to learn something new after the Challenge ends.

Jane Hart
Director, Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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