Learning is the Key to Innovation
Date Thursday, Dec 2 Time –
Learning is often still seen as hurdle to overcome and to get done with. It is regularly portrayed as happening in a box (e.g. institution, classroom) controlled by a teacher. When speaking about learners, we sometimes tend to describe them as the passive “subject” to the learning processes - assessed, taught, engaged, and re-assessed. In a world of constant change - technological, social or in terms of business models - innovation requires experimentation and grappling with immature new concepts which are evolving as we try to apply them. We learn them as we create them. The learner is often an active shaper of the learning process. The teacher becomes a coach to a learning team. Often teachers and learners switch roles in innovation processes. This requires us to overcome stereotypes associated with learning and to rethink the value and process of learning in schools, training centers and especially in business. Our didactic concepts are impacted by the same technological change - from a learning content and a learning format perspective. We better start to rethink learning.
Participants should walk away with a sense of urgency or the reassurance that establishing a new learning culture and model is of essential importance to drive innovation and change in business. They should start to rethink current set-ups and structures to provide a learning opportunity that allows for a learning experience that supports and brings together students and professionals in project-based settings that are relevant and embedded into the business reality.
Hans Jörg Stotz
Member of the Management Board, Festo Didactic SE
Dr. Hans Jörg Stotz has joined the managing board of Festo Didactic SE, the leading provider of solutions in the field of technical education and training, in October 2018.
He is responsible for strategy, product- and service-development as well as production, training and human resources. His current focus is on training and education in the context of digitization and Industry 4.0. This includes the evolution of education profiles influenced by digitization of production, energy efficiency and agile working methods, as well as innovative didactic concepts for lifelong learning.
He supports the German-American and German-Chinese working groups of the platform Industry 4.0 of the Federal Government as well as the platform Advanced Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum.
Before joining Festo Didactic, Dr. Hans Jörg Stotz was SVP Strategy & Innovation for the Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing division at SAP and Sherpa in the platform Industry 4.0.
He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy since 2017.