- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced a new initiative aimed at helping organizations dedicated to adult learning use tech to upskill and transform workers and their careers. SkillRise, the new program, offers employers a framework that assists them in "transitioning to digital learning approaches."
- ISTE will also provide an online course and a monthly podcast, in addition to hosting an "online community of practice." The monthly podcast series, Upskill With EdTech, examines how digital tools can accelerate innovation in learning and teaching to help career advancement. The online community supports exchanging ideas, resources and best practices to help adult learners.
- The SkillRise online course will provide training in setting a vision, determining readiness, building team capacity, researching and planning solutions as well as purchasing and piloting tech that can be used to upskill.
Workers have made it known that they're ready to upskill their tech capabilities, but employers have been slow to facilitate their learning, research has revealed. Innovation at the leadership level is needed to enable the education of a company's current employees as well as members of the community ripe for an upgrade to their skill set for better employability. As learning and development leaders drive a digital transformation from within, they must strive to be as inclusive as possible to ensure all talent has an opportunity to advance along with their company.
Outside of corporate learning, tech companies are pitching in, offering courses in digital skills at no cost to anyone who's interested; for example, Facebook partnered with the National Urban League to provide digital skills training to small businesses and non-profits. More partnerships like Facebook's and the National Urban League's are popping up to help businesses and job seekers keep pace with the digital revolution.