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Learning as Usual

I don't have time for learning!

Another week gone by! Many recognize this feeling at work. Maybe you  actually wanted to spend more time on learning and developing,  But "Business as usual" required all your attention! The chance this is also the case for you is considerable. Almost 70% of people experience it. And if you want to learn something, you need it at the speed of business, when you really need it.  Preferably at your own pace and adjusted to own learning preferences. Recent studies indicate this (for example LinkedIn Learning Study 2018).

 

Yet we learn continuously ...

Yet we learn permanently during your daily work. Perhaps we are less aware of it. With our curiosity, trial and error, we maintain specific skills and knowledge for the role or task we are working on. Result and ownership is expected! Certainly our ​​communication and collaboration skills will continuously be challenged. We all work most of our time in project or task orientated teams, don't we? Working as a team also provides us with our different point of views on topics and problems. This encourages co-creation. Another important skill.

 

Micro-learning and the short memory

During this learning 'in the line of business' we need useful, accurate, searchable, 2-minutes or less, easy to access doses of knowledge and instruction. This allows us to solve a relevant topic in an efficient way. This - so called - Micro-learning is not a new phenomena at all. Youtube and Twitter responded earlier to this need when the smartphone and broadband conquered the consumer market. Seventy years ago psychologist Miller discussed the limits of short-term memory already. He argued that the number of these 'chunks' an average human can hold in working memory is about seven. So Micro-learning  is mainly focused on short-term learning! On the other hand, training, courses and other educational programs are aimed at learning something new or wanting to boost our career a certain direction. If you want to become an expert, be a leader or want to change your jobs, you certainly do not reach those outcomes by only practicing Micro-learning.

 

Awareness and more responsibility

More and more organizations are aware of the variety of kinds of learning experiences and personalization need. Business strategy, organizational goals, the expected performance and our own learning and development need to align. Ownership of learning and performing is shifting our way.  We will have more options and tools at your disposal, which will make us more aware of the learning experience we need at the moment of need. We will have the opportunity to manage your own talents and will take specific steps, for example to improve our own sales, project management or programming skills. Whether working in teams or not.  Sometimes others (our manager or a specialist) support us in this journey. Sometimes we need more structure and instruction. Sometimes we are the specialist ourselves!  Algorithms in learning technology are evolving in supporting us with this. The question remains whether these algorithms can respond to what we really need. We are only in the beginning of getting more insight in artificial intelligence.

What type of support or structure do you need in what kind of learning experience?