In developing digital competence in work, self-directed learning is an economic necessity.
New knowledge accumulates so quickly and industries change so rapidly that many traditional
education paths can't keep pace. In self-directed learning individuals take the initiative of their learning needs,
identifying available resources and choosing appropriate learning strategies.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces the basics of self-directed informal learning and offers ideas for learning from colleagues at work:
Using a range of collaborative facilitation methods helps meet diverse learning needs and preferences in digital competence development in companies. Collaborative methods are effective for accelerating work-based learning and knowledge sharing.
The methods engage participants, are context-sensitive and support participants’ engagement and motivation to learning at work.
In addition, this video introduces a facilitating method of Backcasting:
Collaboration with educational institutions offer new and innovative methods for companies’ digital competence development.
Students from vocational and higher education institutions solve companies’ digital challenges, offer digital tutoring for employees and co-innovative new digital working practices with employees.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces innovative methods designed for collaboration between educational institution and SMEs in promoting digital competence:
Open Badges concept is an efficient, fun and cost-saving method for digital competence development in SMEs.
Open Badges make digital competence development visible, explicit, easy to monitor and assess. Companies can create their own Open Badges for those competences that are crucial for their own business or branch.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces Open Badges in general and how to apply them in SME:
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