January 15, 2021 20:54

Gaidar Forum 2021: Will Online Education for Adults Become a Long-Term Trend?

Gaidar Forum 2021: Will Online Education for Adults Become a Long-Term Trend?

How do attitudes towards online education differ across generations? Why aren’t top managers enthusiastic about online? How to combine distance and traditional formats in education of adults? The expert discussion "Is Online Education for Adults a Long-Term Trend?" held on the second day of Gaidar Forum 2021 was focused on the discussion of whether online education is a panacea for outdated teaching methods.

The online format has made education accessible to a larger number of people wishing to learn. Business schools were the first to respond to the current trend offering students different options and training methods. A huge number of new programs and tools have appeared, that give the "full immersion" effect during the classes. Generation Z has easily swithed from offline to online, but older people are more often than not confused by the changes.

Among the participants in the discussion were Sergey Myasoedov, Vice Rector and Director of the Institute of Business and Business Administration at RANEPA,Igor Baranov, Acting Dean, Vice Dean for Education and Research at SberUniversity, Nick van Dam, Professor in Training, Talent and Leadership Development, Head of the Center for Corporate Learning Innovation at IE University (Spain), Timothy Mescon, Vice President for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, AACSB, Charles Iakovou, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Igor Baranov said that SberUniversity launched the so-called "Reset Program," that focuses on training provided by IT professionals. There were people among the students who wanted to change their occupation, but most of those who signed up just wanted to keep their current profession. "We're getting feedback from participants in our online training programs, and - surprisingly - this year their KPIs (key performance indicators) are higher in comparison with last year and they're wondering if they should go back to the offline format at all."

"Today, we are seeing a change in the educational approach, with top educators starting to deliver their training programs online as well. And our research proves that the results of offline and online learning formats are equivalent regardless of which "knowledge delivery" channel is used," said Charles Iakovou, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Nick van Dam, Head of the Center for Corporate Learning Innovation at IE University (Spain), says the following: "We are still at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution. And there will be a tremendous need to upskill and retrain large numbers of people. And it will affect their careers, professionals and students alike. And those over forty will need to further grow up. They will have to understand that they need to adjust to the need to learn throughout their lives. This will lead to a global change in education. The term 'digital learning' was coined 23 years ago, and I can assure you that digital learning will stay with us forever, becoming part of post-university education," said Nick van Dam.


Photographer: Sergey Savostyanov / TASS

The Gaidar Forum “Russia and the World After the Pandemic” will be held on January 14 and 15 at the Presidential Academy. The Forum will traditionally open the annual business agenda of Russia. In 2021, this large-scale event will be held in a hybrid format, both online and offline.

This time, the main discussion track will be social and economic transformations that have occurred in the country and the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expert discussions will be focused on the national and global development goals and the search for practical solutions to the most urgent challenges of today. The Forum’s participants include ministers from the Russian Government, members of the Federal Assembly, governors of the Russian regions, largest world experts, representatives of foreign states.

The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom PJSC and Gazprombank JSC.

The strategic partners are Russian Railways OJSC, Johnson&Johnson, ACIG Group, Novartis.

The partner of the forum is MasterCard, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

The discussion partners are Magnit, Pepsi, Huawei, Coca-Cola, AstraZeneca, Takeda, EY.

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