Once a year, experts in the theory and practice of learning gather at the Learning Innovation Conference in Zurich, where they discuss new ways to teach and the role of technology in times of digital disruption.
This year, for the ninth installment of the conference, getAbstract was there, too, and we heard about how the concept of continuing education is changing drastically. In a world where traditional workplaces are being replaced by networks and collaboration, organizations’ approaches to training and learning must change, too.
We are happy to share some take-aways and inspiration from the event.
1. Use “mobile reinforcement” to support formal learning.
Within one day of a classroom session, students forget some 70% of what they’ve learned. Therefore, what you do after training is crucial. “Mobile reinforcement” of classroom training relies on a steady diet of reminders via push notifications and apps. Savvy organizations use native apps instead of web-based apps – they’re more responsive. And wise learning and development execs know learning must be aligned to learners’ needs – the material must be individualized, adaptable and interactive.
2. Don’t overdo rules.
Too many rules kill motivation. Work with strong values instead. A successful learning culture requires three ingredients: skills, mindset (or attitude) and culture (or unwritten rules).
You can’t create a learning culture. You can facilitate the process by encouraging continuous reflection and self-evaluation among employees.
3. Embrace the true role of the teacher.
The main job of the teacher is not delivering content, or simply teaching to an outline. The real role of the teacher is to spark a connection between the learner and the topic. For this, teachers must be able to deal with uncertainty, embrace new ideas and learn how to make decisions quickly.
4. Fear automation – but only to a point.
While 45% of all activities can be automated, just 5% of jobs can be automated, according to consulting firm McKinsey. The biggest advantage of humans is that they are flexible, adaptable and can think contextually.
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