This is well illustrated by the “learning pyramid” developed by the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine, and which is embraced by many experienced educators:
Digital technologies and robotics are transforming our world of work and the skills we need to flourish at a very rapid pace. And with the advent of the internet, we now have boundless opportunities to learn new skills. For the first time in human history, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can learn from the world’s best universities and instructors for free. The highest quality education, previously the exclusive privilege of the elite, is now available to all.
But we must not be tempted to assume that a laptop or smartphone is all we need to learn. As the learning pyramid suggests, we may also need opportunities for discussion, practical application and teaching others in order to learn effectively.
Sadly, too many leave our education system without ever truly learning how to learn. Yet, clearly this has to be one of our most urgent tasks if we are to thrive in the fast and constantly changing workplace of today and tomorrow.
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The next article in the series Opportunity Knocks will take a look at pioneers in education and career transformation helping many to learn and thrive in the world of work.