What's the Future of Jobs?

John Hagel, Edge Perspectives, Sept 05, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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The interesting thing about the meeting I was at in Capri was that there were people from Udacity, EdX, Coursera, and other MOOC initiatives, and how much of the discussion focused around preparing people for jobs. "That's the scam," I argued. We're not preparing people for success if we're preparing them for jobs; quite the contrary. This post from John Hagel reflects a similar sentiment. "What we need are learning environments that will draw out and nurture capabilities that today are only in the background, if present at all – capabilities like creativity, imagination, curiosity, and emotional and social intelligence that transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries." We need to foster a new sort of literacy.

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