Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.
In many cases non-formal and social approaches will replace formal learning. In a few cases they won’t.
There are 8 drivers for this change:
1. There is a strong imperative for continuous learning – the world is changing so fast that we need to continually update our knowledge, skills and productivity. Doing it in discrete steps just doesn’t work any more – even if the steps are small ones. We all need to develop the mindset of continuous, always-on learners. Informal and social learning approaches fit this need better than staccato formal learning …
- De-routinization of work
- Work swarms
- Weak links
- Working with the collective
- Work sketch-ups
- Spontaneous work
- Simulation & experimentation
- Pattern sensitivity
- My place
Foolish New York Times stories notwithstanding, education is a misleading-to-malignant proxy for economic productivity or performance. Knowledge may be power, but “knowledge from college” is neither predictor nor guarantor of success. Growing numbers of informed observers increasingly describe a higher education “bubble” that makes a college and/or university education a subprime investment for too many attendees.
In updating its policy position, the New Zealand government acknowledged the growing importance of open source, and the logical reasons for excluding software from the list of patentable inventions.