Technology in the workplace and online learning are two of the biggest buzz words in business today. Blogger Tesh (@teshkirexo) breaks down what’s happening on the online learning front, why online learning is important for business, and why it’s both difficult and necessary.
What Is The Importance Of Technology In The Workplace And Online Learning
Following the events of November 7th, 2019, we are now at a strange crossroads: Are we at the dawn of a technology-enabled age, where automation of labor-intensive tasks boosts productivity, or are we headed toward a digital dystopia, where monolithic corporations pull the plug on human workers in favor of robots?
Some answers to this question were made evident when one of the nation’s two leading trade organizations for college presidents, The Council of College Presidents, reiterated in a statement in the New York Times a prior opinion piece by new nonprofit Education Trust-New England, expressing concern that a “diabolic Puritanism” would be consuming education, as well as the American workplace, if early warnings were correct.
The following article by Margaret Hartmann, with which I share, concerns the long-term effect of a labor shortage in the country. More hiring employees was necessary to achieve that need, according to the paper. Yet, as a result of states attacking public unions, and new legislation against mandatory seniority, the state hiring of graduates from state schools was on its way out, its job being eliminated through attrition or outsourced by big business. Workers would simply be unemployed, and unions not only losing their jobs, but students who depended on their union members.
Advocates of the labor shortage insisted, however, that free trade agreements were in full swing and doomsaying didn’t seem to affect the employment of factory workers in the U.S.As a result, they claim, it’s economic virtue of worker loss-of course! for the employer, but lost money for the U.S.A. This is the same employee count that Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University, revealed had just climbed by three-tenths-of-one percent in a big study out of Germany, India, and the United States.
With technology, they say, employers will be forced to share the cost of wages with smaller companies, and with students with tech workers.“But,” they add, “the most salient thing is that: top management’s new model will have to work without high pay and big bonuses.”
That is their conclusion; and also that automation, even the removal of people’s labor from the job, would provide companies with other efficiencies. I have a different opinion, with an historical perspective, and some concerns for “the” future.
Some of my worries stem from a view that open research-based programs involving real people with real learning are essential to a knowledgeable society. Care is taken to ensure that teachers make significant efforts toward honesty of learning, to have good methods for gaining this knowledge, and in the interests of knowing how to apply it in the society at large.
Some have argued that academics-particularly of doctorate-level courses- must be taught by people who have and enjoy working in a medical setting; however, this conflict is evident in research on effective teaching methods.
A related concern is that the labor market for public employees must be protected from being hindered by a series of laws that diminish their ability to compete in an industry with monopolies. State governments also must be willing to make use of foreign replacements, especially as older American workers are unable to work any longer. Should American joblessness or unrest prevail, a fait accompli may be approaching us. Many people today do not understand the importance of education; all have heard of the needs of basic literacy. But people have a need for exposure to and the importance of growth, in an environment of continuous learning. That has to be supported by a strong, open education system for people. Education has to be open, providing new possibilities and stimulating new thinking.
It is essential to keep on teaching, even when there are cutbacks. In this vein, I’m pleased to say that, in recent years, many new colleges have been established in New England and California; these types of colleges do a great job of providing students with continuing education opportunities. Yet, they do not seem to be located in high unemployment areas, or near major areas, or even in part of a state. These kinds of institutions, or in the case of colleges on computer bases, also must be careful not to compete with traditional universities. My view is that full-scale public universities must be decentralized, providing an atmosphere of nurturing. These liberal arts institutions must focus on the preparation of a thinker capable of answering questions in a scientific and reasonably realistic way.