Why digital literacy is on the rise

by Brett Henebery12 Apr 2017
In 2016, Google embarked on a large-scale training program in the UK designed to improve the general digital literacy of the nation.

In the same year, 3,500 employees of Ericsson India took up online courses to brush up on their digital skills.

And this trend towards greater digital training is for good reason.

Around the world, there is growing acceptance that digital literacy is a cornerstone of training in the 21st century workplace.

Research from HR and recruitment specialists Randstad found that more than half (55%) of Australian workers don’t think that they have the digital skills to guarantee future employability.

A further two-thirds (67%) believe that digitisation of the workforce requires different skill sets to those available at their current employer.

In Ericsson India’s case, online learning opportunities like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have allowed staff the freedom to take any course that interests them while also providing employers the freedom to upskill their employees as and when the need arises.
Consultants say most company’s partner with online platforms such as Coursera, edX and Udacity to foster learning among their employees, as well as reduce costs and risks.
In line with this, SAP SuccessFactors – which provides cloud-based human capital management software solutions – has offered a flipped classroom model for employees and clients since 2012.
Kate Barker, the company’s vice president, said SAP SuccessFactors shares its flipped classroom expertise and lessons learnt with organisations globally.

“This highly self-organised learning format sets the classroom at any of its employees preferred places – no matter if at home or at work,” Barker told L&D Professional.
Barker said another benefit of flipped learning is that the cost of paying employees for their training time and often travel and accommodation, is reduced.

“They can tackle the virtual and on-line content during their downtime at work, or even at home,” she said.

“Flipped Classrooms are the disrupter of corporate learning and organisations that have come on-board are reaping the organisational benefits and recognised as Best Practice Leaders.”

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