On 1 June in the evening I had the opportunity to give a talk to interested delegates of different parties in the parliamentary society Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft, highlighting some theories about the digitization of learning from the point of view of a training provider. The delegates as well as representatives of several Ministries had been invited to the annual “Parliamentary Evening” by the learning and development association Wuppertaler Kreis e. V. and its member companies.
The central part of my presentation was the theory that the digitization of learning challenges training providers like never before and that these challenges must be dealt with in order to successfully shape the future.
- The target group of occupational learning is clearly changing. Whereas so far, training providers have had to deal with different generations only, there is now an additional distinguishing feature within the generations: so-called digital maturity. This changes the requirements for training methods and content.
- It becomes increasingly difficult to predict the learning needs over a period of three to five years. This is due to the fast technological development which in turn leads to increasingly specific requirements
- “Extracurricular” qualifications such as willingness and ability to learn become more and more important for the employability in an increasingly digitized work environment.
- The role of training providers will change from “knowledge broker” to learning coach and learning companion. In a time when Google, YouTube and others offer unlimited knowledge for free, training providers have to support the learners on their journey through an increasingly complex world of learning opportunities. Instead of leaving them on their own with their tablet PCs, smart phones and a random learning program, platform or community, they have to offer appropriate learning environments in order to make sure that the knowledge and skills which are gathered in this way are relevant, valid and correct. These learning environments are necessary to allow learners to develop their individual skills in a way that is relevant for their professional future.