Future of Work & Learning

What do emerging technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence and  robotization mean for the future of how we work and the future of human learning? With technologies supervening work as we know it the value of an education that prepares us for work is out of step with work that asks us to be adaptive and forever learning. The Future of Work and Learning program responds to the call for continuous learning, unlearning and reskilling through designing encounters and environments that are playful, welcoming, mindful and adaptive. Co-creating with educators, learners, workers and leaders, we use future-focused methodologies to unsettle out-of-date mental models, shift learning mindsets and envisage never-before-seen work practices and learning processes.

Grounded in the belief that 21st century working privileges people who have learned how to learn the Future of Work and Learning program designs for triple-loop learning. Collaborating with educators, learners, workers and leaders, we use future-focused methodologies to unsettle out-of-date mental models, shift learning mindsets and envisage never-before-seen work practices and learning processes. Grounding these social imaginaries in the creation of environments that are playful, welcoming, mindful and adaptive places for learning and working. Our experiential, pragmatic approach makes tangible ways in which innovation, wellbeing, equity and purpose can come together to complement and navigate technological drivers of change.

Why Focus on the intersection of Work and Learning?
Our education model of codifying and transferring specialist expertise and existing knowledge no longer serves workplace environments that seek to be innovative and adaptive. Together we need to look beyond current situations and existing practices to closely examine our working and learning systems, beliefs and mental models. A commitment to chase curiosity, take ownership, roll with uncertainty, see failure as feedback, and to be ethical, self-aware and humble are just some core values in a world that privileges learning agility.

Our focus on social interventions designed to complement automated and autonomous technologies begins with sensing the contemporary conditions of learning and working. Through participatory, ethnographic, creative lenses our critical research interrogates who and what is being centred in our narratives of the future. Going deeper than knowledge acquisition or transactional behaviour change, our creative research takes a holistic, context-driven approach to the ethical, experiential and emotional dimensions of learning how to learn.


Lisa Grocott is Professor of Design in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) at Monash University. Her research focuses on the people-centred, speculation-driven practice of design in interdisciplinary collaborations. She leads the Future of Work and Learning research theme and Directs the WonderLab.


Projects

Re-humanising automated decision making

AUTOWORK

Social Worker Project - COVID, working from home

Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change ARC Linkage with University of Melbourne, ET members: Lisa Grocott and Dion Tuckwell


Contact: Lisa Grocott

Email: lisa.grocott@monash.edu