Five-a-day: The future of learning [video]

“The way we interact with objects, the environment and information is fundamentally changing, and one of the things that allows us to do is to learn in different ways.”

In this on-demand talk, David D’Souza, head of London at the CIPD highlights how our thinking around how we learn needs to change. Not only for the digital world we now live in, but for the benefit of both the organisation and individual too.

Watch David’s full, on-demand talk where he introduces the future of work, and how to start on the path to it.

The future of learning

“I was at my daughter’s Nativity this morning. She had one line, but she delivered it perfectly so I want you all to celebrate that with me,” David explains.

“Before it started a very strange thing happened which is, the headteacher came on in the middle of the church and she said feel free to take photos. That’s absolutely fine. If you could turn your phones off now, that would be wonderful.

“And it’s that kind of slightly dated mindset that the phone and the camera are separate things, and we’re living in a different world. And actually that’s someone who’s educating my daughter and whilst I won’t have formalised feedback with the school, it’s one of the things you need to be thinking about as the world changes: that the way we interact with objects, the environment and information is fundamentally changing and one of the things that allows us to do is to learn in different ways.

“Because learning is hugely important for organisations in terms of building capacity for the organisation, but also for individuals.

“So, one of the things we’re hugely concerned about at the CIPD is the productivity challenge in the UK and actually if you can help people grow their individual capability and get into that mindset where they are promoting that and developing themselves on a regular basis, that makes a difference to organisations, and it makes a difference to the economy as a whole.

“And too often we’ve used outdated approaches which involves sitting someone in a physical room for a set period of time and attempting to force learning, kind of keep it down.

“If you think about your five a day in terms of fruit and veg, that’s kind of a good amount to have – you should always be having some vitamins coming into your system.

“If you leave that for one day a month and you attempt to get through a hundred and fifty fruit and veg, you’re really going to struggle to keep that down. That’s going to be a real challenge for you and it’s not actually going to have the difference that it should have over the rest of the month.

“That’s how we need to change learning.

“We need to think about the blend, we need to think about the different ways of accessing it and we need to get people able to access it when they want it, but also wanting to access. If we can do those two things and prove that digitally, using all the tools, we end up in a far better place.”

Find out more about the future of work in David’s full, on-demand talk.

Stephanie Khan

Posted February 10, 2016