D2L Releases Whitepaper on the Future of Work and Learning

D2L, the global learning technology leader, together with Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan), today released its new whitepaper, The Future of Work & Learning in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which calls for a fundamental transformation in how we think about lifelong learning and skill development in a fast-changing world.

The convergence of disruptive technologies like nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and 3D printing combined with the exponential shift that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings is changing almost every industry and with it, the training and education needed to succeed in the world of work, said Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer, D2L. As such, educators and leaders have a duty to develop new models of learning to allow people to thrive in the new reality.

This release of the whitepaper focuses on the Canadian context and it makes the following recommendations:

  • Align programs and credentials to labour market needs
  • Prepare youth for the jobs of tomorrow by expanding work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities
  • Leverage industry as a partner
  • Prioritize investments to ensure Canadas education system is an affordable, accessible, flexible, responsive and lifelong system
  • Invest in rapid upskilling and reskilling programs that allow workers to retrain and develop their skills on an ongoing basis
  • Improve labour market outcomes of Indigenous peoples and support economic development in Indigenous communities through increased support for learners and tailored programs
  • Develop hybrid or customized programs with skill sets from different fields
  • Explore application and recognition of stackable micro-credentials that provide value along the way, not only once a degree/diploma is earned

Faced with rapid and profound disruptions in almost all sectors of the economy, the time has come to rethink how and when we learn or acquire new skills to prepare ourselves for an ever-changing workplace, said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. All of us urgently need to embrace a culture of lifelong learning, which can be a challenge for both learners and postsecondary institutions. This new whitepaper offers invaluable insights that will help us all prepare for the future or work and learning.

This whitepaper is available at www.D2L.com/futureofwork.


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