Learning in the 21st Century

Moore’s law states that the computing power of circuitry will double every two years. Over the last century, civilization has made huge leaps forward in almost every field. Technology, finance, even soft science fields like psychology and human geography have all changed drastically both in content and their methods. However, if you consider education, especially workplace education, we have been at a standstill.

In the 1900s, if you wanted to learn, you sat at a desk with thirty other students while the teacher told you the information. After that, you would be assigned homework and then the next day you would do it all again. In the last hundred years, that formula has remained the same.

For people learning on the job, if you needed training, a manager or a trainer would take you into a stuffy room, you would sit down at a desk, and they would tell you what you needed to know.

It is time to take learning into the next century. Already, schools are experimenting with the use of a “Flipped Classroom” where the students watch the lecture at home and then spend the classroom time applying the concepts. That way, the students don’t spend their time passively consuming the knowledge but apply it when the teacher can help them with the process.

Workplace learning has just begun to take off. Using the power of video and the internet, people are streaming information directly to the worksite. Rather than being sealed off in a training room, employees can access the skills they need, right when they need it.

üttana is proud to be part of this growing industry. Our courses are meant to be accessed at the worksite. In other words, we are applying the concepts of Just-In-Time to the realm of education. The knowledge becomes accessible precisely at the moment it is needed.

By providing transcripts, videos, downloadable presentations and thought pieces like this blog, we reach the brain in a variety of ways, using a technique called the multiple intelligences theory.

Everyone learns in different ways. For many years, teachers only appealed to those whose brains could best process linguistic or mathematical information. We taught with words and numbers. However, modern psychologists believe that people learn in a variety of ways and the best way to convey information is to appeal to these multiple intelligences.

Finally, after decades of doing the same thing over and over, the field of education is moving forward. Come join us.

March 19, 2015

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