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Thursday, July 26, 2018

How blended learning can help you stay competitive in the digital age | Innovation - AMEinfo

"The accelerating pace of technological, demographic and socio-economic change is transforming industries and business models" observes AMEinfo staff members, report business news and views.

In turn, this alters the skills that employers seek in employees. Under these conditions, all of us, therefore, risk letting our skills rapidly become irrelevant. And this possibility further increases in the light of the third industrial revolution led by new technologies.

With companies deploying newer and faster technologies and toolkits such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Digital Product Management and more, how does this impact employees performing in these areas?

Man vs. machine?
Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence
 Ends and Human Creativity Begins
First, while companies may automate mundane and repetitive tasks, this is not going to be the first time such a thing has happened. There have been many such occurrences in the past as well, and it has traditionally resulted in a positive outcome – that of humans moving on to higher quality work. Second, as Gary Kasparov has successfully highlighted in his book Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begin”, it is not a challenge of man versus machine, rather it is about humans complementing machines. And last but not least, as even Darwin might agree, humans have evolved to overcome much harder changes in the past.

The learning here is that the future is about evaluation and constant learning. For professionals to continue being relevant, it is imperative for them to upgrade their skill set continuously. For education providers, this means that content needs to be constantly upgraded, and not only its format but also in the way it is delivered.

One of the best ways for individuals to upskill is by enrolling in various courses, and in those that cater to roles which they aspire for. Unfortunately, recent studies show that most candidates abandon these courses halfway through. A good example of this is the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where the completion rate is approximately 6%. This points to the need for an educational platform that is both efficient and flexible.
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Source: AMEinfo