What the world learned in 2016

“Never become so much
of an expert that you stop
gaining expertise.”

William Osler

Expertise starts young.

8-year old Sky Brown is the youngest skateboarder in the Vans World Tour The best rock climber in the world at 15

Expertise doesn’t
stop with age.

From Lawrence of Arabia to 50 Shades of Gray:
90-year old film editor Anne V. Coates honored with Oscar
World’s oldest yoga teacher still going strong

Expertise comes
in many forms.

Hamilton mania sweeps the country—and the Tony’s 13-year old eagle hunter breaks gender norms in Mongolia

“We see the world through
the lens of all our experiences;
that is a fundamental
part of the human condition.”

Madeleine M. Kunin

The tides of democracy are ever-shifting.

It’s possible to
downvote peace.

Guerrilla rebels want peace. Colombians reject it.

We’ve got a long way to
go on equality.

Icelandic women leave work 14% earlier to protest the gender wage gap The gender pay gap could take 170 years to close Straight out of college, women make $4 less per hour than men

“Technology is a
useful servant
but a dangerous master.”

Christian Lous Lange

Limits make the
best challenges.

Sandisk announces the first 1 terabyte SD card Quadriplegic performs complex functional movements with chip implant in his brain The development of 1 terabit-per-second optical fiber is announced

Virtual worlds are
within our reach.

VR for the masses is here. But can we handle it?

Artificial intelligence
will soon assist us in
our daily lives.

First Chess. Then Go. What’s next? Robot passes college entrance exam. Why can’t your kid?

We’re ready to put
driving on autopilot.

Uber launched first driverless cars All new Teslas have full self-driving hardware Google’s self-driving car caused its first crash

“Education is the most
powerful weapon which
you can use to change
the world.”

Nelson Mandela

The conversation around
education is changing.

Stanford offers free tuition Presidential candidates campaign on education reform President Obama: New global education economy

We need new ways
to show what we can do.

The rise of microcredentials and nanodegrees A better way to visualize people’s skills

The way we learn for our careers is changing.

AT&T to its employees: Adapt or Else We’re now living and working in a knowledge economy

“I can’t imagine a person
becoming a success
who doesn’t give this game
of life everything he’s got.”

Walter Cronkite

There are still plenty of
“firsts” left to tackle
(and jump and grapple…)

First refugee team to compete at the Olympics First Olympic medals: Fiji, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Vietnam First Olympian to win 23 medals: Michael Phelps Katie Ledecky wins 4 golds and 1 silver in Rio, breaking her own world record Kimia Alizadeh is Iran’s first female medalist

Curses don’t last forever.

After 108-year streak, Cubs finally win the World Series

We can accomplish great
things when we all
work together.

All that ice water really added up to something: a breakthrough

“The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking
new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

Interplanetary selfies
are now a thing.

See the NASA photos

There’s a new
prime number: 274,207,281-1

Why your high school math teacher got excited

Some dinosaurs laid eggs.
Some dinosaurs got pregnant.
Some dinosaurs had feathers.

“Try to learn something
about everything and
everything about something.”

Thomas Huxley

We learned in a lot of ways,
but these are our favorite:

In 2016, the average person completed:

  • Icon of an article 449 Articles
  • Icon of a video play button 124 Videos
  • Icon of headphones 101 Podcasts
  • Icon of a stack of books 14 Books
  • Icon of a person 12 Events

*Based on data collected from Degreed in 2016

We’re mostly tech-minded.

Top Searches in Degreed*

  • Leadership
  • Python
  • Project Management
  • Javascript
  • Communication

Top Searches on Google

  • Pokemon Go
  • iPhone 7
  • Donald Trump
  • Prince
  • Powerball

*Based on data collected from Degreed in 2016

We don’t spend all our time
on likes and comments.

The average person learns

*Based on data collected from Degreed in 2016

We’re creatures of habit.

How you learn in a week

  • Articles
  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Events
  • Books
Chart of days of the week

*Based on data collected from Degreed in 2016

We’ll never be done learning.

“You learn something every day
if you pay attention.”
Ray LeBlond

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