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Today learning is free, but...


Nowadays, due to the exuberant and prolific amount of information available in digital media, we can affirm that learning any discipline is free.

20 years ago, to access a book on a specific topic, we had to have an initial clue about the authors who had written about that discipline and then the time and perseverance to overcome all the barriers offered by libraries (and librarians) or specialized bookstores to get to have the text in our hands.

With the advent of the web and the freedom to publish directly, shared information (not always knowledge) ceased to be contained only in books. Blogs, videos, social networks and podcasts began to proliferate, cutting out publishers and middlemen.

At the same time, with the advent of Google and its precise search engine, the access time to texts and information was reduced from months, weeks or days, to fractions of seconds.

So, we can conclude that to learn a specific topic there are no higher costs than access to a device and the time required to type a keyword and to read in detail the most representative results.

But, reflecting a little, we see that the first questions can quickly appear.

Learning is free, but knowing what I need to learn can take a lifetime.

As there is a lot of information distributed over the network with different formats, styles, approaches and generated by sources with different degrees of reliability, the solo learning experience can be a long road of trial and error. And this option can provide costly lessons based on failure.

Therefore, heThe guide based on experience and the learning experience (action-learning) are key so that this learning process is transformative and can be capitalized.

Here then new questions emerge.

How do I identify reliable sources of information and specialized knowledge?

How do I dialogue with the automated tools to express my learning concerns?

A wide debate opens here that has numerous edges to develop it.

A first outline of response that I propose in this article is to work on the construction by specialist organizations of knowledge hubs staffed by recognized professionals in their disciplines and powered by digital learning platforms and accurate content that allow amplifying the arrival and impact of training programs.

But this is not all. It is also necessary to work onto transformation of underlying processes and pedagogical strategies to adapt to the new possibilities offered by digital technologies.

The development of transformative initiatives requires analyze behavior dynamics and data analysis, which allow continuous updates and improvements with a view to to build training centers that allow transforming the reality of those who want to embark on the challenging path of learning.

Thus, organizations that face this challenge will be in an unbeatable leadership position in their specialty sectors, accompanying those who want to learn each discipline and promoting their development.

Esteban Etcheverry

CEO & Co-founder of aulasneo.com

En Aulasneo, we are passionate about education and technology. We provide e-learning solutions based on the platform Open edX and enhanced by the infrastructure and services of Amazon AWS

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