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The Future of Work and Learning

In the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution By Jeremy Auger

We are excited to launch this whitepaper about the future of work and learning.

This first paper highlights the changing nature of work and how societies must embrace new or hybrid learning models to allow individuals and economies to thrive going forward. Without a fundamental transformation in how we think about lifelong learning and skill development, individuals, communities, and whole economies will be left behind.

Preparing for work is not the only purpose of education, but it is nonetheless a topic policymakers, educators, academics, companies, and individuals all have a stake in. Given the dramatic shifts currently taking place as a result of the 4th industrial revolution, we would argue it is one of the biggest questions and opportunities of our time.

Our hope is that this paper will serve as a basis for dialogue and debate on how systems and thinking must shift to ensure individuals are best prepared for the new world of work and the roles various partners have in making this shift possible.

We are forever thankful to the many customers, partners, mentors, friends and experts who constantly push our thinking, set examples, and chart new pathways forward.

Jeremy Auger
Chief Strategy Officer
D2L

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and it is changing everything.

The Third Industrial Revolution (aka the digital revolution) is defined by electronics and IT, automated production, and advanced globalization. It has changed how individuals interact with each other, commerce, and whole communities. However, the changes we are beginning to see, and where we are heading as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, are still hard to imagine and extremely challenging to address. With the convergence of disruptive technologies, including nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and 3D printing, the exponential shift that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings is altering almost every industry in the world. No part of society will be left untouched, including the education and workforce development sector’s role in preparing people for the future of work in this new world.

Date Published: January 21st, 2018

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