Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Global Higher Education and Teacher Mentoring Network: Implications for Business Organizations:Part I

At first glance at the title of this post, you might think that as a business organization this topic isn't really of particular interest or relevance to your organization's situation. However, you would be wrong. Looking at the big picture has always been a goal and strength of enduring business organizations.

 Taking stock of all the forces that will impact the performance of your organization in the global connected economy is not only important but essential in a digital world where knowledge and information is the new currency. Some of the forces are within your domain to exercise control and influence over such as the quality of  your deliverables, products and services. However, the world has changed and forces that were not a high priority or even of relevance in the past to business health are now having an impact. One of these forces is higher education and the training of educators for a new world. To put this "big picture" into the context of what I have been describing in regards to changing organizational learning cultures, consider the "big picture" concept and framework that I am suggesting. The following is a summary:

  • Global online education covering the planet is established through the development and institution of 6 Global E-Learning Portals. This concept is similar to the way that international business aligns themselves into trading blocks on the planet, the most recent one being described as: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy, which was reached on 5 October 2015 after 7 years of negotiations. The difference is that these learning portals would be online networks.
  • Each Global E-Learning Portal consists of 4 collaborative networks that advise and take direction from a central hub called the Global E-Learning Hub.

  • The Global E-Learning Hub has three primary functions: (a) It is an established "learning community"  that all learners whether corporate or education belong to as a function of being members of the family of nations attached to the regional E-Learning portal. Learners are able to login to, collaborate with other learners and receive personalized, adaptive learning according to their personal needs and the individual learning profile compiled by the Learning Principle Experts of the business organizations or the comparable officials in the education sector, (b) it also has the responsibility to take direction and advice from the four networks that are part of the portal. This is especially important in its collaboration with the Cross Disciplinary Research and Mentor Network which serves the needs of learners, corporate or education sector, by establishing a mentor relationship with professionals in the Sciences, Arts, Technology and Mathematics discipline areas, and (c) it is a professional collaboration and innovation community.

  • The other networks and councils are: (a) The Business and Education Innovation Council which maintains close ties with corporations who are part of the family of nations involved in establishing a learning and innovation culture for their respective organizations and is a forum for employees to present proposals. The UAE under the wise guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is moving his country in this direction, (b) Global

Corporate Trainers, Instructional Designers and Learning Principles Educator Network which collaborates with the Business and Education Innovation Council and also promotes and designs E-Learning ideas in collaboration with the Global E-Learning Hub, and (d) The Global Higher Education and Teacher Mentoring Network.

Next.. Details on the Global Higher Education and Teacher Mentoring Network and why business needs to be concerned about an effective mandate for this network and recognize how crucial it is to their own future well being.

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