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IBM unveils its vision for the future of learning

At TechLearn 2003, IBM today announced its vision for the future of learning that embeds learning into everyday work and personal life.

IBM says that by leveraging technology, individuals will have the power to shape a more personalised, dynamic learning experience.

IBM is also demonstrating emerging learning technologies at the event hosted by Elliott Masie, President of The MASIE Center, an international e-lab dedicated to exploring the intersection of learning and technology.

IBM says traditional learning tends to be a structured relationship between the instructor and the learner, with a prescribed curriculum. According to IBM, in the future learners will be increasingly in charge of customising their learning experiences. Advances in content and delivery technologies will enable learners to access relevant, compelling content, and information from a variety of sources, offered on demand and whenever the learner needs or wants it.

IBM believes learning and work will be indistinguishable over time. Organisations will rethink what learning means, how it's delivered and how it influences organisational performance. Organisations will view learning as a truly strategic investment that will deliver a competitive advantage.

"When learning is aligned with business priorities, it can have a real impact on organisational performance," said Nancy DeViney, general manager, IBM Learning Solutions. "Learning in an on-demand environment will be embedded into real-time work flows, enabling the productivity of individual employees and aligning employees and teams across a company's value chain for action on key business priorities. This will result in new ideas, better decisions, and innovative solutions that drive business value."

IBM says its vision for the future of learning is the result of research that included outreach to business and industry leaders, customers, partners, subject matter experts and IBM researchers. It encompasses a broad look at the needs of the future workforce, how work will be done in the future and how workers will be enabled to perform. It also considers emerging technologies that might be applied to learning.

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