Free World Bank Course: The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption

The World Bank is delighted to invite you to register for the World Bank Group’s free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption”.

Recent advances in technology are changing how we live, communicate and do business, disrupting traditional industries and redefining the employee/employer relationship. Millions of routine and low-skill jobs will be eliminated by automation, A.I. and digital hyper-connectivity. Failure by governments and business leaders to prepare can have catastrophic impacts on national economies.

This course emphasizes the urgency to invest in developing human capital to adapt to these imminent challenges. Key themes of the course include the impacts on work of artificial intelligence, the gig economy, new technologies, digital economy, machine learning, the role of policy makers, the labor market, and the labor force.

Participants of the course will be provided the conceptual frame, policy guidance and tools needed to prepare countries and businesses for these transformative changes. Furthermore, participants will also have an opportunity to share their ideas and experience with global network of experts and peers. The course will introduce students to forward-thinking approaches that will build the new skill sets required in the 21st Century.

Course Syllabus
The Future of Work – Preparing for Disruption

Week 1 – Changing Nature of Work
• Understand the factors at play in a changing workforce and workplace
• Introduction to new technologies that transform day-to-day life
• Lay out effect on labor market
Learning outcome: Describe and discuss the issues and challenges today’s workers face. 

Week 2 – Human Capital: A New Framework
• Introduction to the World Bank’s new human capital index
• Understand the link between investments and productivity
• Explore evolving economic opportunity and the development of individual capacity
Learning outcome: Describe and discuss the importance of skills development and the pros and cons of informal sectors. 

Week 3 – Lifelong Learning: From Birth to Retirement 
• Introduction to the importance of early child development for future productivity
• Explore programs from pre-natal care to youth employment
• Understanding the role of education in preparing the future workforce
Learning outcome: Describe and discuss the links between education, health and nutrition on the one hand and learning and economic productivity on the other.

Week 4 – Returns to Work & Social Protection
• Examine the lifelong learning approach for today’s workers
• Explore breakthrough social programs
• Understand pedagogy, technology platforms and links between industry and schools
Learning outcome: Describe and discuss the what is needed for a lifelong learning approach, and understand the importance of a decrease of informality in the economy, removal of blockages to women in the workplace, and enhancement of training for agricultural workers.

Week 5 – Investing in Social Inclusion
• Explore the new social contract required for the Future of Work
• Introduction to new ways of protecting people
• Understand methods for financing of social programs
Learning outcome: Describe and discuss methods to protect people in a transformed work environment while explaining how to finance these programs.

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