McKinsey has recently published commentary on learning innovation in the digital age … with particular relevance to mining, as summarized below.
Universities are struggling to adapt to lifetime learning. Degrees are a recognized credential … but not a great proxy for meaningful skills.
Focus is shifting to “competencies” … i.e. “how well can you do the job?” rather than “what are your credentials?”
The future of learning for mining is likely to be a basic engineering degree followed by a lifetime of programmed professional development geared to providing specific competencies and skills.
Professional development will be a mix of online, short course, live webcast and self-study assignments … presented as an adaptable program … and provided by a collaboration of industry and professional associations as well as universities.
The full McKinsey report is available online.