This IDC Presentation offers a glimpse into what lifelong learning initiatives will bring to all age groups in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) or APEJ region. This includes the acquisition of basic literacy and professional skills through both formal education and effective alternative pathways to learning.
Adult learning and education, technical vocational education and training (TVET), and literacy are the significant components of the lifelong learning process. This study contains leading case studies related to lifelong learning education across APEJ, clearly recognizing new government initiatives for manpower development, sustained efforts toward driving innovation, and digital transformation strategies that leverage technology to support excellence in teaching, learning, and research.
New-age digital technologies (i.e., 3rd Platform technologies and 3rd Platform innovation accelerator technologies) are the critical enablers that help national manpower development initiatives create balanced, coherent, and sustainable lifelong learning models.
"In a span of a few decades, IT has embedded itself into nearly every aspect of continuous learning. We note these examples come from the seeding innovative technologies into teaching and training to boost learning acquisition; capture explicit and tacit knowledge for personal skills development; impart special self-discovery and independence skills that lead to broader knowledge discovery; and empower creative potential to drive widespread innovation," says Shreyashi Pal, market analyst, IDC Asia/Pacific Government and Education.
Gerald Wang, head of IDC Asia/Pacific Government and Education adds, "Budgetary issues will continue to plague education IT investments in APEJ. Educators and policymakers, as well as their participating solutions providers, need to collaborate and develop innovative competitive pricing models for lifelong learning initiatives." He concludes, "Although innovative and new technologies are more extensively pursued in the education sector, in part because of the nature of the emerging digital-native customers (i.e., IT-savvy students), funding and governance models are not keeping pace. Therefore, vendors and services providers need to ensure that their offerings are packaged in the most cost-effective and transparent way possible in which specific ROI milestones are defined and achieved upon deployment. This will help education institutions easily justify their new investments in learning enablement technologies."