Speed learning and the future of UX
Written by Charbel Zeaiter, co-founder of Academy Xi
We’ve been paying attention to the massive recent changes in the UX industry. The big end of town has been realising how integral User Experience is to the design process. The success of a product, website, app. etc hinges on creating a great, meaningful experience for the customer and for the profitability of the business; so it makes perfect sense that companies would start to integrate UX departments into their product development. The result of the big guns building large UX Design teams has had a palpable downside.
Shortage of Talent
So what does this mean for designers? Demand. The demand for talented designers is going to continue to rise as more, and more companies follow suit. What we are seeing now is companies and agencies competing for talent and UX designers are now in short supply.
There has never been a better time to have UX designer on your CV! (Note the sales pitch? Our User Experience Design program is just that – an intense way of adding a new module to your career evolution.)
Learning to Learn
(How fast can people learn is very subjective… and I’m not sure I can make any claims around this but in my experience…)
As with User Experience Design, the higher education space is changing rapidly. Tech is changing so fast that institutions are adapting their teaching formats so they can create and adapt courses quickly. Enter our concept of Modular Learning. Independent, self-contained learning experiences that function as stand-alone units or fit into a larger course or career development.
The modular format has distinct benefits. Course content is concentrated, practical, and goal focused. For the survivors of 3+ years of university, the idea of committing excessive amounts of time to cross-skilling can be daunting so the modular format is perfect as a bridge towards unlocking a new pathway.
People now pick and choose the skills they want to learn, rather than commit to a lengthy traditional university program. It’s the bolt-on to what you already know; as you add more modules, you grow into a newer version of yourself.
Modular learning breeds hybrids. People no longer have to completely retrain; they can just bolt on new skill sets. The structure fosters accelerated learning, which we like to call speed learning, because students do exactly that – learn quickly.
So is modular learning the future of education? We think it’s definitely the future of cross-skilling. While it probably isn’t the going to overtake the traditional format any time soon, it is going to have a massive effect on people how stay relevant and keep their skills pertinent in the jobs market. This is particularly important with the CEDA predicting that more than 40% of today’s Australian jobs may not be around in the next 10-15 years.
It is not about discarding what you already know; it’s about evolving.