Open Innovations Discusses Human Capital Development Technologies


On the first day of the Open Innovations Forum, RVC organized a discussion on Education on-demand tools. Platforms and Technologies for the Development of Human Capital. The speakers discussed the leading international and Russian educational technologies, trends in their further development and guidelines that must be taken into account for their effective implementation.

The discussion was opened by the General Director of RVC — Alexander Povalko. He outlined the challenges associated with digital transformation that education now faces — both around the world and in Russia.

“One of the main tasks is to simplify access to educational technologies, to make them truly universal. People should be able to independently choose their learning strategy, and digital technologies should help them with this. To solve urgent problems, RVC is involved in a number of projects related to the development of technologies in education. These are projects within the framework of the Digital Economy program and two national projects — Science and Education. This is a big investment. It is necessary to ensure that this money is spent on the most effective educational projects and solutions,” said Alexander Povalko.

Alison General Director and founder Michael Ferick told about the Human Capital Management platform, one of the largest in the world.

“On the Alison platform, 14 million people undergo free training, for whom more than five thousand different courses are open; two million have already received education and have become its graduates. Alison allows experts in their field to publish materials on any subject in any language for free, ushering in a new era of free global transfer of knowledge and skills. Traditional training systems are not suitable for this purpose — they are too slow, expensive and inaccessible to the mass consumer. On the other hand, the 15 largest US employers no longer consider the presence of a classic diploma a prerequisite for employment. They are more interested in the skills and knowledge that the applicant possesses, and not how he got them,” concluded Michael Ferik.

Lucian Cosinshi, regional director of Minerva Schools, another human capital management platform, continued the topic of the development of modern educational platforms.

“We are ready to work with all education systems — both classical, and the most modern and high-tech. However, education is not limited to the acquisition of knowledge; the task that now faces it is to expand the cultural and geographical horizons of students. We do not know how the world will look in 20 years, what skills will be automated, what professions will be most in demand. One thing is clear, however: we need such a training system so that a person coming to work in a corporation does not hear the phrase “forget everything that you were taught in university,” said Lucian Cosinshi.

The topic of the gap between practices in corporations and what is taught at universities has been raised more than once in the discussion. Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of MISiS, noted:

“At my meetings with corporate representatives, the issue of expanding the knowledge and skills that a modern engineer receives is increasingly being raised. He must have, in addition to knowledge in the specialty, team management skills, legal training and even correct speech. One of the solutions to this problem could be continuing professional education, which universities should develop together with corporations.”

Maxim Spiridonov, a founder and General Director of Netologiya Group, believes that the restructuring of educational processes associated with the introduction of new technologies is at the very beginning of the journey.

“Education is in a state of turbulence and will be being rebuilt for another 5–10 years. It must be recognized and become the beneficiary of this process. The traditional education of version 1.0 gropes for tools, removes geographic boundaries, and eventually will be replaced to version 2.0 when these tools become commercially effective. As a result, everything depends on a person’s ability to work with himself. Anyone who cannot be an effective student will be thrown to the side-lines,” said Maxim Spiridonov.

Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, takes a different view. He believes that the approach to learning should be flexible and take into account the individual characteristics of each student. Yaroslav Kuzminov identified four main reasons why the introduction of the latest educational technologies is necessary.

“The first thing is financial affordability. The poor receive knowledge of the same quality as the rich. The second thing is the expansion of choice. A student can take lessons from those teachers whom he considers the best and the most suitable for him. The third is distance learning complex skills using VR technology, simulation programs, and even role-playing games. And the fourth is the adaptation of the abilities of a particular student to the course. There are talented students, there are lagging ones. And programs must be modified for each of them,” said Yaroslav Kuzminov.

“We will continue to accumulate a stack of methodologies and technologies for using numbers in education. The most dangerous thing in this story is blind faith in the only solution chosen. There is a huge wonderful world of opportunities in front of us and it must be used while maintaining the ability to reflection,” Alexander Povalko summed up the discussion.

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