Changing mental models from training to learning by Brigitte Jordan

Some food for thought from Brigitte Jordan

“Changing mental models and paradigms from a focus on training to a focus on learning involves a series of moves:

from individual learner to learners in social settings
from individual skills to the practices of a team or COP
from process orientation to practice orientation
from didactic teaching to activity-based learning
from linear thinking to systems thinking
from school-based learning to learning as a life activity
from one-shot learning to continuous adaptation
from curriculum to total learning environment
from top-down information dissemination to lateral networks + peer communication
from product focus to customer focus
from design from fantasy to design from work practice
from requirements analysis to work practice analysis
from implementation as delivery to implementation as growing the practice
from providing training to providing learning resources
from what employers want to what frontline practitioners need”

Professional Knowledge

Some interesting predictions here including this one;

Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before.

Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. -Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two,” May-June 2008, p 41″

Knowledge Quotes

Some great quotes connected to knowledge from Mohamed Amine Chatti;

“Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody – either by becoming grounds for actions, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different or more effective action”
-Peter Drucker

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.”
–Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

“You give me an idea, and I give you an idea, we both have two ideas. You give me a dollar, I giveyou a dollar, we still each have one dollar.”

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
–Kahlil Gibran

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.”
–Kahlil Gibran

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”
–Albert Einstein

People Management CIPD & Learning Technologies

I was suprised when reading CIPD’s ‘People Management’ dated 24th January to find no mention of the forthcoming Learning Technologies 2008 conference & exhibition taking place in London next week. This event is surely one that is highly relevant to Learning, Training & HR professionals. It’s theme is ‘driving workforce performance through learning & development’

Speakers include Jay Cross, Stephen Downes, Donald Taylor, & Clive Shepherd to name a few. Organisations include; BT, NHS, Cable & Wireless, Ikea, Toyota, & Sky. Phil Green from CIPD is also speaking…….

So why no mention?

Maybe I missed it, or a review after the event is planned, or it’s not considered news worthy, or……………….?  

Corporate learning; Trends & Innovations

Organised by George Siemens, here’s a great opportunity to participate in a free on-line conference on Corporate learning; Trends and Innovations

Register here

The conference takes place between 15th-20th November and will give the opportunity for attendees to engage in dialogue, exchange ideas and discuss the direction & innovations in corporate learning.

Speakers include; George Siemens, Tony Karrer, Jay Cross, David Snowden, Donald H. Taylor and Janet Clarey.

See you there.