Do you want to improve or transform workplace learning?

I came across the diagram below when I was reading a posting by Will
.  Although it is taken from Cisco's Learning from the Extremes
(PDF) document about transforming schools, it is very relevant to workplace learning too, and particular with regard to the use of social media. 

However, I believe it is important to realise that simply by implementing social media tools you won't transform learning; although they will certainly go some way towards helping to improve and supplement workplace learning. 

In order to reinvent formal learning ALSO requires a re-thinking of the existing provision of formal learning, but to go further and to transform learning requires a complete NEW mindset in understanding the role of "learning" in an organisation, -  and to appreciate that, as my colleague, Harold Jarche in the Internet Time Alliance says "learning=working; working=learning".

Both Harold and I have already written about the new mindset required for networked workplace learning,  my table at Social Learning = New toolset + new skillset  + new mindset summarises some of the key considerations, and Harold's posting, Agility and Autonomy, expands on the two key issues. 

So do you just want to improve workplace learning or transform it? 

3 thoughts on “Do you want to improve or transform workplace learning?

  1. Karyn Romeis

    I reckon it’s time to throw away all the old models and perceived wisdom and start again from scratch. We can’t tweak the old models to make them work in the new reality. Those models get so twisted out of shape in the process that they don’t serve the purpose for which they were originally designed, and they certainly don’t serve our purpose, so it’s pointless exercise.
    I like to approach every challenge as if there are no precedents, looking at where things are now, where they need to be, and auditing the tools available to find the ones that will get us there.

  2. Gary Fox

    A new generation is coming through – Digital Natives (Prensky, M – Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants) who are wired differently and see the world in a new way. We can make judegements on this but inevitably change is needed to understand how best they learn. Our biggest problem is lack of institional leadership and co-ordination (Rennie, F and Mason R; E-Learning and Social Learning Handbook). We need to move beyond leaders that do not embrace change, are risk averse. How can we expect others to follow change if leaders see risk not benefit. We need to have some co-ordinated effort across insitutions, shred resources and decent project management.

  3. Holly MacDonald

    Thanks for this Jane – very interesting report and I agree completely, it applies to businesses too. Let’s not forget that those in the primary school systems today are the workers of tomorrow…

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