Human resource management, technology

Learning and training are never going to be the same again

Khan Academy is an interesting new concept for education that takes profit from the power of the Net to provide a comprehensive collection of learning aids. Education is the Next big thing, since the evolution and increasing complexity of societies requires a collective effort tho improve human ability to cope, through learning and knowledge sharing. However, traditional institution were built around a book-centric view of learning and still favor spatial concentration into schools and universities. The book-centric education probably is at the roots of a design of learning that is based on sequential steps that need to be administered through formal processes guided by instructors, teachers or professors. Khan is making a bet on an alternative path to learning whereby people can access to close-to-infinte resources whenever they want, at their own pace. And the capital market seems to trust him if we consider that he just got funding for $5 Million (see the story at Khan Academy Snags $5 Million To Blow Up Education).
If education can change so dramatically, what about learning and training within business? When will we stop considering learning as a set of contents and focus on learning as the complement to day-by-day working? When will we devise systems that pop-up onto monitors, smartphones, tablets whenever employees desire to learn on the basis of what they are doing?

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