Digital Education: The Need For Continuous, Affordable Learning

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There is no end to education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

The Need For Continuous, Affordable Learning

We have a very varied client base and consequently a wide range of customer problems. But perhaps one of the biggest bug-bears, certainly for our home-users of late, has been that of Windows 8. Microsoft’s marketing message around the launch of Windows 8 was that it would be simpler to use and was sold to us as being “intuitive”.

The problem with intuition, of course, is that it is very subjective: what may seem obvious to a software programmer in Silicon Valley may not be quite so for Mrs Brown in Sussex, Mr Jones in Wales, or Ms Smith in Oxfordshire.

Not content with “forcing” us to have Windows 8 on any new PC we buy, they’ve now gone and told us that Windows 10 is here…..

New technology is being released almost every day, and the relentless march towards a purely digital age is being blamed for the thousands of job cuts taking place amongst some of our better known companies. Everything is moving online from banking to shopping, tax returns to chat. We are expected to understand and use technology and yet where is the education?

For the younger generation this is being addressed – school children are being taught about technology, how to stay safe online, basic coding and more. But for the older generation there is a lack of training in all things digital.

The adult education charity, NIACE, revealed in its annual survey that fewer than a third of 55 to 64-year-olds are involved in any learning and as people have to work longer many will lack the technical and digital skills required to stay in employment.

It will be interesting to see if the Government or charities step up their training facilities to cover new technology. With the current economic challenges combined with an ageing population surely continuous, affordable learning is more important than ever.


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