There is an emerging conversation around the X-shaped learner, what it is and what the implications might be. I have been following this conversation for some time as I have previously referred to the T-shaped learner to illustrate the changing focus towards a broader range of transferable skills or skill clusters to be prepared for a changing world. In this blogpost I have attempted to summarise the changing nature of learning, talent and workers and to share some of the links that I have found particularly useful in exploring new horizons as an X-shaped learner.
I made the mistake of reading the 2019 Metro article on the ‘Best Schools in Auckland’ while in transit. You know, something to read on the flight home… By the time my flight landed, I was completely exhausted and perplexed. I was left wondering why these sorts of articles are still being written. Isn’t it time we were more challenging in our thinking? Hasn’t this type of article had its day?
It has been a little quiet on the blogging front as I recover from shoulder surgery. However my colleague Nick Burnett has come to the rescue and offered his thoughts about some of the changes happening in education and learning for 2019. Enjoy the read. I will be back with you soon. Meanwhile check out some of my previous leadership trends posts and enjoy this guest post.
When colleague Hamish Duff and I conceived a series of Future of Learning events we had no idea of the ripple effect that would be created. We set out to explore the impact of exponential technologies on learning in its widest sense. We wanted to move beyond the technohype of robots stealing jobs; to support a diverse group of people to understand more about some of the changes we can expect; and to work with self selected individuals who wanted to take action by way of group projects.
I have had my nose in a number of good books in the last few months. I’ve included some of them here so you can add them to your future reading list for 2018. There are ten in total – five related to education (which I think is everyone’s business) and five ‘must reads’ for future thriving of a more general nature.
Technological change continues to accelerate. Automation is an increasing threat to employment. In times of such exponential acceleration it is important for us to consider and amplify what makes us uniquely human. Rather than trying to compete with technology, let’s explore ways in which technology can enhance humanity. What does it mean to be human? What are the implications for organisations trying to understand these complex times?