Lucy Dunleavy, Managing Director, LearnBox

The way we communicate has changed drastically over the last ten years.

Gone are the days of looking for 10p for the phone box…

Now, in a time when technology has become embedded into our everyday lives and many of us rely on it for a multitude of reasons, where it is evolving at a speed some fear we can’t keep up with, we should be looking to evolve alongside it and take advantage of the power it holds.

We can’t become complacent when we know how to do something because new tech will result in constant changes so we need to accept that we will be constantly learning. We can also utilise digital equipment and tech to grow and strengthen our own minds instead of relying on the storage of media to maintain information.

Many are concerned that the form of communication, specifically that of personal human interaction, is dwindling as a consequence of digital going from strength to strength.

Actually ‘The Future of Jobs Report’ by the World Economic Forum has identified the top 10 skills required for a 2020 workforce and interestingly none of them are technical skills.

It is accepted now that most people are comfortable using tech and it is embedded into their daily lives. The top 10 skills required include coordinating with others, emotional intelligence and negotiation; all of which require effective communication skills.

Creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need. With the avalanche of new products, new tech and new ways of working, workers are going to have to become more creative in order to benefit from these changes.

Surely it would make more sense to focus on improving the set of communication skills that will be even more essential in the future rather than continuing to exercise what was essential to learn when we were at school? A new era should always be preparing for the next.

It is important to acknowledge the way the world is now and adapt ready for the future; not only to equip the future generations of employees with the best skills to enhance their work, but to allow for further discoveries and ground-breaking results. We should encourage working with tech, rather than against it but make sure future workforce has the relevant skillset to flourish around it.

Whereas once we were using essays to analyse and evaluate what we had learnt in education or written reports in our jobs, with vloggers and YouTube stars now at a peak, what if we jumped on the bandwagon of using videos to express ourselves?

Video diaries for example would allow the learner to communicate their thoughts and ideas in verbal speech rather than written text, demonstrating and sharpening their ability to articulate their words as if they were presenting. A key skill for the future.

Video Lessons

A video diary is a much more efficient way of showing how a learner is putting what they have learned into practise and, from an auditing perspective, it is much more transparent therefore proving the impact of learning.

Do you want to write a 1000-word essay comparing and contrasting leadership styles with examples of when you have utilised these styles? I don’t and I’m far too old to be a millennial!

Touching on the leadership styles essay, surely with a skills gap in leadership and management surely the priority should be on teaching the learner about leadership styles in the most engaging way and then setting them off with a project to put what they have learnt into practice and reporting back through video; a perfect way to prove the impact of learning and demonstrate to EPAO’s the new skills, knowledge and behaviours of the learner; a perfect reflection tool too and also a way to practise and improve their communication skills.

Using technology provides an alternative way to support tutors instantly but not result in them losing jobs. A way that fits around the needs of businesses whilst supporting them to become more efficient through improved employee skill-set and standardisation across the organisation. Imagine if on top of this the learner had a positive and empowering experience too. Too much blue sky thinking? Surely, it’s what we should always be aiming for?

Other sectors looking to fill gaps and be progressive are turning to technology for the answer. If education is responsible for filling gaps across all sectors surely adopting and applying technology could have benefits for us too?

Day by day technology is making our lives faster and easier. It now has such a huge influence on our lives that we would struggle without it. The way we work and the way we communicate has drastically changed in a relatively short period of time so surely the way we learn should change too?

It is proven that visual content produces much higher levels of engagement than text-only content and that’s simply because our attention is drawn far more to visuals. Visual communication can inform us of the exact same information as a written sentence, but the majority of us respond better to a creative image or video with a stronger chance of retaining the information.

It’s not a question of if video is being used in businesses, it’s a question of when your business is going to take advantage of it.

Things like internal communications via video and eLearning, sales enablement, onboarding, training, and video product demonstrations are setting companies apart from their competitors, and ultimately, enhancing business and driving success. Pretty soon, video is going to be the only form of communication people are going to want in the workplace

LearnBox provides an alternative way of learning and we believe in moving with the rapid growth of tech. Our high quality and engaging films interact with the users and adapt to their pace; there’s no pressure or time limit, the learner is in full control of the process. Our platform has unlimited storage (including for video diaries), a webinar function and solid reporting and communication functions between all stakeholders.

LearnBox has a forward-thinking attitude and an eagerness to deliver results. We’re determined to convince those afraid of change that the future of communication and tech can be an effective relationship, one that benefits everyone.

We have strong partnerships with forward thinking and innovative End Point Assessment Organisations and training organisations who agree that the impact of relevant learning is the most important thing.

At LearnBox, we disrupt the notion of tradition, and instead pave way for innovation and progression. We Engage, Entertain and Educate.

Lucy Dunleavy, Managing Director, LearnBox

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page