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Shifting Priorities in Learning and Development

This article intends to focus on the shifting priorities in learning and development. There's been a lot of talk about addressing the learning gap and helping students reach grade level. As we approach the summer break, it's time to reflect on the changing nature of education.

Learning today is a continuous process, more about gaining access to information rather than memorizing facts for later recall in tests. In this light, I believe the focus should be on adult education, specifically technology literacy. Adults need to be adept at using technology tools, navigating software applications, and having the ability to find, verify, and distill information in a clear, easily implementable way. Today's students are typically comfortable using technology, software applications, and even more advanced tech tools. However, they need to combine their tech-savviness with the wisdom and expertise of more seasoned workers. While younger learners are adept at accessing information, they often struggle with the next step: what to do with the information they have accessed. Expertise is where the experience and knowledge of veteran employees come into play. They can share their insights with less skilled workers, fostering a collaborative learning environment where information is freely shared and engaged with.

For this to happen, we must ensure our older workers are well-trained in using tech tools and understanding tech content. At the same time, our younger learners, who are proficient in accessing and acquiring information, need to be encouraged to form collaborative partnerships with more experienced workers. Through these partnerships, they can begin to share and exchange knowledge, wisdom, and experiences, leading to a more integrated and effective learning process.

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