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Ronnie Screwvala, co-founder of edtech platform upGrad
Ronnie Screwvala, co-founder of edtech platform upGrad

Digital literacy, tech competence will be a way of life: Ronnie Screwvala

Education is evolving from a backward looking information-based pedagogy to a forward looking skill-based methodology

With 2020—a year that once seemed so far in the future that people set targets for transformation—just weeks away, Mint invites corporate leaders to share five ideas that will impact the decade ahead. Ronnie Screwvala, co-founder of edtech platform upGrad, says that lifelong learning is no longer a discussion for the workplace, but for every place.

LIFELONG LEARNING FOR COMPETITIVE EDGE

India’s ambitions as a country and, in turn, the ambitions of our youth and working professionals are soaring. A new wave of learning is upon us. Only those organizations that recognize and adapt to this “non-linear" shift and way of thinking will be well placed to prosper in the future. Those which do not, will increasingly operate at a disadvantage. The need to be learning when you’re in your 30s, 40s and 50s is the way to go for everyone in the workforce.

EDUCATION IS NO LONGER AN EVENT

Education is evolving from a backward looking information-based pedagogy to a forward looking skill-based methodology. In the digital era, everyone is a student. Degrees given by formal education are not a value currency anymore. Technical skills and an individual’s ability to apply the outcomes are important, irrespective of age. Digital literacy and technological competence will be a way of life.

85% OF THE JOBS OF 2030 DON’T EXIST YET

Many of the jobs of today, from data analytics to virtual reality designers, did not exist a decade back. Today’s millennials will need to focus on skills to prepare for jobs that haven’t been invented yet. There is an urgent need to build an evolved ecosystem, and re-imagine teaching. Tomorrow’s authority will be derived by knowledge rather than title, and awareness rather than hierarchy.

UNLEARNING AND RELEARNING

Unlearning is gaining importance as workplaces are moving towards agile, collaborative working models. While conventional education adds to our knowledge, unlearning will become the new learning in the coming decade, as concepts and ideas keep evolving. It is important for organizations to provide an atmosphere of positive support that encourages creative and critical thinking.

DRIVING ONLINE LEARNING

The global e-learning online market is on fire. Organizations which feel left out of this non-linear world of opportunities are seeing the need to adopt this new way of lifelong learning. In the last industrial revolution, India became a software giant. In this Fourth Industrial Revolution, India has every chance to be a global leader in online learning and become the training capital of the world.

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