The Future of Learning for the Energy Industry
While it can be risky to try to project the future, consider the prediction in 1943 by Thomas Watson, President of IBM, who stated, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” However, one thing is sure: learning in the Energy Sector is constantly evolving and being updated based on new research.
If you look back on classroom training from twenty-five years ago, we would see traditional classroom layouts, teaching similar to that found in high school, and very little interaction (not to mention the Overhead projector). Today, we see hybrid teaching, online and interactive learning environments, a focus on andragogy (adult learning) rather than a pedagogy (child learning), and an abundance of technology.
No doubt, the Energy sector will thrive into the next decade. However, that will require a workforce that is educated, developed, and engaged. It requires new ways of thinking and new ways of learning. Some of these changes will include:
- Increased use of virtual learning technologies
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
- Augmented Reality
- Targeted learning for Generation “Z” and Millennials
- Learning on-demand
- New methods for coaching & mentoring
- Improved methodology for evaluating learning
- An increased focus on stakeholder engagement
Covid-19 has also required many organizations to explore virtual learning to keep people informed and engaged during the present Pandemic. This type of learning can involve multiple methodologies. These include:
- Virtual Learning Environments (VLE):
- Online learning or eLearning:
- Blended Learning
- Computer-Based Training (CBT):
- Online Training
Virtual learning has many advantages. There are reduced costs and increased flexibility. It is vital that we also acknowledge the possible disadvantages of this type of learning. However, overall, this shift during the Pandemic has highlighted how essential it is that Energy Industry focuses on the Future of Learning.
Energy Training Centre has recently developed an exciting new program called “The Future of Learning for the Energy Industry”. This practical training course will enable participants to have a better practical approach to learning and fully understand how learning may change in the coming years and how it can be developed to meet all stakeholders’ needs