wonderfully unique software solutions

Job role obsolescence underlines need for digital learning, warns Instructure

Edtech vendor Instructure says organisational and education-institution learning programmes, especially e-learning, are set to become more important as job roles become obsolete.

Ryan Lufkin, vice president of global strategy at Instructure, said in a document promoting the company’s survey on transferable skills that organisations need to identify and close these expected skills gaps.

“By partnering with universities and using a common, shared language, companies are able to create a dedicated funnel of employees with skills that directly map on to those they need, reducing on-boarding time and the need for supplementary on the job training,” Lufkin pointed out.

Instructure’s report noted, among other things, that there are already skills shortages, while the cost of higher education is continuing to rise in relation to the expected return on investment for students.

“Traditionally, higher education has been linear and binary. Once you enter the path to a degree you either graduate or you don’t,” Lufkin added.

He suggested that credentialling and badging features in digital learning technologies could augment skills, courses and certification in ways that might increase transparency for organisations looking to fill their skillset “funnel”.

“With credentialing, we’re able to break the traditional two-year [diploma] or four-year degree down to its component skills and issue badges around individual courses or certificates, or around a bundled set of courses to students as they master these skills,” Lufkin explained.

“Even if they don’t achieve a full degree, they still have proof of skills they’ve developed to show to potential employers.”

E-learning tech can close skills gaps

Such badges and credentials could function as a sort of “shared language” between employers, prospects and the like, according to the Instructure report.

Lufkin said that adults without the time or money to, for example, enter a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme to advance their careers could also benefit by “stacking” relevant credentials, certifications or other “bite-sized learning offerings”.

Digitised badging and credentialling could help organisations assess the leadership potential of prospects as well as create structured training opportunities on an individual level, suggesting a larger role for full-featured e-learning software – such as Canvas by Instructure.

This might enhance learning and engagement in ways which improve business outcomes, the Instructure report indicated.

People are now expected to remain in the workforce for longer, which means they are more likely to retrain, whether for their current role, other roles or to enter entirely new professions.

Without more emphasis on upskilling and reskilling, organisations will likely find it increasingly difficult to fill vacancies, he suggested.

Instructure is set to announce its Q1 2023 financial results on 1 May, with a conference call 5pm Eastern US time that day. Click here for more details on how to tune in.

( Photo by Windows on Unsplash )

Recent Articles

United Airlines hails DocuSign for ‘seamless’ HR integrations

Major US-based airline United has collaborated on a customer case study for e-agreements in the cloud with vendor Docusign.

Bluebeam rolls out new Revu, bolstering building site logistics

Construction project management application Revu from Bluebeam has been refreshed with an array of new markup and collaboration features, the vendor said.

Smartsheet enjoys fresh market recognition ahead of product updates

Enterprise work platform provider Smartsheet has followed up its FastCompany World's Most Innovative Companies listing for 2023 with a Brand that Matters...

Perimeter 81 outlines need for greater cloud app control and integration

Network security platform vendor Perimeter 81 is showcasing advantages for organisations of controlling access to ever-proliferating SaaS apps - as well as...

Threema adds to business-grade secure messaging for iOS, Android and Desktop

Secure business messaging from Threema now benefits from new updates and features for Android and iOS platforms, following on from an earlier...

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Weirdware monthly - Get the latest news in your inbox