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The Courier Mail, Australia: Cognizant’s AVP, Center for the Future of Work, APAC, says Textbooks are Out, Netflix-Style Learning is In

“Textbooks are of no relevance once a student has passed a particular class,” says Manish Bahl. “The process of buying textbooks and using them for once will change.” Excerpts:

“Textbooks will become obsolete, replaced by Netflix-style education and a focus on ‘how to learn’ rather than ‘what to learn’. That is the prediction from Cognizant’s global Future of Learning report, released today, which also finds skills will need to be regularly updated ‘like mobile apps’.

The report forecasts AI-driven learning platforms and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) systems will become mainstream, with a 220 per cent increase in the technology by education institutions and businesses in the next five years.

It also notes that workers’ skills have become like mobile apps that need frequent upgrades. Bahl says the pace of technological and market changes are pushing individuals to acquire new skills faster than ever before.

‘As a result, employable skills will evolve more rapidly in the future than they do now,’ he says. ‘To match this rate of change, we’ll see lifelong learning become a new norm to getting employed in the next decade. To support this, companies must create a culture of learning so that individuals are self-motivated and curious to acquire new skills, while upgrading the existing ones.’”

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