There exists roughly two schools of workers when it comes to learning (roughly being the operative word, as there will always be outliers to any commonly observed behaviours). Most of us have classroom-based learning environments as our primary experience of learning, however some of us become true self-directed learners as we continue to develop, seeking to learn from others, to work outside our comfort zone, make our own connections and to judge the development we ‘get’ from the learning experiences we intentionally create for ourselves.
On the other hand, some of us judge the development we ‘get’ as being accessed ‘out there’, from pre-determined content, pre-determined methods and pre-determined outcomes. Self-directed learners, making their own connections, inferences and tailored experiences, will almost always judge the learning they get as positive, and therefore their experience of work and their organisation as positive. Those looking for traditional methods of learning where someone else has already connected the dots and told them what they need to learn, will very often judge their experience of learning as being dependent on access to courses. This finding is echoed in an interesting newsletter by CCL faculty member Nick Petrie on a sabbatical year at Harvard: "Many people still have the sense that it is someone else's job to tell me what I need to get better at and how to do it."
"Continual, personalised learning is the key to individual growth and differentiation" as stated in a BigThink article on critical skills and learning methods for the 21st Century worker, and an essential ingredient in excelling in an unpredictable world. I believe access to external courses must be seen as just one part of the whole learning journey.
I would also like to mention the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies also has some interesting viewpoints and research on the future of learning.