One of the main objectives of education is to prepare learners to be productive members of the workforce. As the future of work evolves, education technology must be able to keep up with these changes. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated changes that have already been a long time coming in the work environment. How will education technology enable teachers to help learners adapt to changes in the world?
Data from business intelligence software developer Tableau explains how employees have responded to the changes that have arisen from the Coronavirus pandemic. It indicates that, of the four generations that currently make up the workforce, Gen Z, the youngest and soon to be most numerous, are more in favour of a hybrid post-COVID-19 working arrangement with a split between operating at home and spending some time in an office or similar centralised environment. The survey shows a progressive growth in preference for this hybrid style, as the age of respondent groups decreased. This means that more baby boomers were happy to go to an office every day, while more Gen Z workers wanted a home/office mix.
The future of work will be a flexible hybrid in which the delivery of outcomes will be more critical than the accumulation of work hours. At the same time, the need to work in a shared, supervised space, is becoming less and less relevant. As businesses decentralise their staff contingents, they will increasingly turn to technology to link their employees together and facilitate productivity. This tech-driven remote/localised hybrid will require workers that are acclimatised to technology, have excellent communication skills, a knack for tech-assisted collaboration, the ability to grasp new concepts and methods quickly and the capacity to manage their own workloads.
How Can We Educate Students With Skills Employers Demand?
Taking these developments into account, it’s clear that educators need to adopt learning tools that will enhance learners’ preparations for the tech-driven, hybrid workplace. HP Education solutions are changing the way that educators think about their curricula. They help the entire model of education to progress beyond the learning of theory and ideas, to a series of interactive experiences that enable students to put thoughts into practice. Learners can acquire in-depth, hands-on knowledge of events, concepts, and vocational practices that teachers would usually struggle to impart to them to any extent deeper than written theory.
HP’s interactive solutions include a range of VR-ready PCs, along with accessories such as head-mounted displays, which can be used to generate incredible virtual reality and augmented reality environments. This places students directly in the heart of their learning material, rather than merely having to read about it or watch it from a detached standpoint.
The Sprout Pro by HP is another quantum leap in interactivity - a PC equipped with multi-touch displays and hi-res cameras to make collaboration and productivity seamless. It enables teachers and students to re-imagine collaboration, communication and learning. These and other tools serve to foster unlimited, immersive education with a view to accelerating students’ understanding of the concepts and environments that will make up their future workplaces.