Series:1 Future of Work: Navigating a Sustainable New World

Introduction

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been imparting education throughout the globe with a mission to reach the unreached. IGNOU believes and practices the philosophy of democratization of education. The university is the torch bearer in using technology and innovative mediums for teaching and learning. In the past three decades of its existence people across the country and abroad rely on its educational offerings. Its strengths are based on the philosophies of open and distance learning for providing seamless education and varied opportunities for lifelong learning.

In order to keep pace with the fast changing pedagogies IGNOU continuously thrives to use latest technologies and medium of teaching learning viz. interactive radio counseling, teleconferencing, teaching through DTH (SWAYAM), providing digital teaching material (eGyankosh), using social media etc.

Likewise, IGNOU has come up with another innovative way of teaching and learning and that is through Podcasts. Through this medium, new ideas and developments in different fields of work can be shared. The first podcast will be a series with a motto ‘Freedom to Learn’.

Myself Neeti Agrawal and my colleague Prof Nayantara Padhi from School of Management Studies are your hosts for this series. We believe in the power of conversation. To share the knowledge base of the experts from various walks of life, we have chosen Podcast as the medium. Podcast is boundary less and zero cost mode of digital learning. You can access it easily, store it and hear it as per your convenience. The studies show that retention is higher when you hear something.

The theme of the series is ‘Future of Work: Navigating a Sustainable New World’. In this series professionals from different fields will speak under the section ‘Experts Speak’. They will speak on issues ranging from Navigating the new digital world business ecosystem, global talent market, reorganization of social and organizational cultures, technology change and work force, reshaping future work through remote working, effect of automation on the world economy, coping strategies for sustainable work etc. This series will give you a whole new experience and will serve as an add on resource in your learning process.

The podcast series will be available on www.ignou.ac.in and social media sites of the university. You just need to use internet explorer to hear or download the podcast episodes. Keep tracking for new episodes and use them exclusively for your knowledge and academic usage as part of open educational resources (OER) .

Happy Learning!

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