31 Oct The New Way Of Learning – The future of learning in organizations
You might be working NWOW now, but have you started with the New Way of Learning?
The New Way Of Learning
The New Way Of Working (NWOW) started back in 2005 when Microsoft stated that the new way of working is a different way of working and collaboration supported by the latest technology. It didn’t take long before other companies started adapting this new NWOW concept in their own workplace. But after a while most of these companies had their own slightly adjusted definition of this New Way Of Working.
Basically there isn’t just one New Way Of Working. You can define it to your own taste, needs and company. Once you start questioning the “old way of working”, you start building a new, personalised new way of working. But does a new way of working also go hand in hand a new way of learning?
Anneleen, content manager at CUTESolutions went to the “Learning Tech Day” to find out more.
Will the way we learn change in the future?
What did you find out Anneleen? Well you can’t escape the NWOW. Therefore embrace it! Overall I definitely feel that “learning is a concept that isn’t easy to grasp”. We don’t really have a choice on how we learn, because in the end it’s a combination of complex and age-old processes in our brain, driven by evolutionary biology. I think the way we wil learn in the future, will change dramatically on four levels.
The first big trend is that organizations have actually started learning more about “the learner”. Companies are gathering data on how people learn, and have started personalizing their learning tracks. Right now organizations do this on a very basic level, but in the future learning will become less “linear” in design. People will have complete individualised training tracks. Learning tracks that are totally adjusted to their needs in their business as usual. Every individual will learn at their own pace, have more autonomy on what and how they’re learning. Therefore only experiment with exercises they truly need at this moment in time.
From Training to Facilitating
Classical trainings won’t exist anymore. These training will be “morphed into” facilitating moments and get-togethers. People will gather to share their experiences, tips and best practices. State of the art technology like “artificial intelligence” and “virtual reality” will support these trainings.
Emersive Way Of Learning
Learning will be more “in the moment”. Training will almost be “hidden” in your day-to-day environment. For example: a new colleague doesn’t know how to work with a certain program you are using. In the old way of working your colleagues would probably have to follow an intense training program about this tool. But the sad reality is that your colleagues will probably forget more than 50% of what he/she has learned and actually doesn’t need to know all the options of this tool. In the future your colleague will use artificial intelligence on his/her computer that shows them what to do when they get stuck.
We are evolving towards a “social age” and the learning will transform as well from “formal” to “social learning”. Communities will pop up with a shared purpose and shared values. In those communities there won’t be strict rules or control. If you do have a command and control, it isn’t a real community. In real communities people ask questions and collect stories. It is a truly free form of learning with no supervision or form of control at all.
The new way of working and learning are here to stay, so embrace it!
Good luck with those new Habits!
Anneleen (content manager CUTESolutions)