Online Learning Update

January 27, 2015

Online short courses proving popular among professionals in SA

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am


According to Rob Paddock, GetSmarter chief academic officer, short courses are proving popular among working professionals as the educational needs of modern working professionals have changed. “The existing higher education system worked exceptionally well for the industrial-era economy, at a time when information was scarce, and change happened slowly. After school you went to university to gain access to scarce information, and then you generally worked in one or two jobs for the rest of your life implementing the knowledge you gained at university,” Mr Paddock said. “Now that we have entered the information era that has all changed. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months, according to the American Society of Training and Documentation. The result is that modern working professionals now have to become lifelong learners if they wish to stay relevant and advance their careers.”

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