I think I have now pinned down the main reason why some people could not understand the points I was making in my post, The L&D world is splitting in two.
It’s because Traditionalists see LEARNING purely as something to be designed, delivered and managed – in the form of some classroom training or e-learning – and LEARNERS as people who take these courses, classes, programmes, etc.
Whereas of course, we actually learn in many other ways at work, as I pointed out in my blog post on Everyday Workplace Learning.
“Everyday learning is the learning that takes place everyday as individuals do their jobs – individually or working with their internal colleagues, as well as connecting with others in (online) professional networks and channels. It’s about continuously acquiring small pieces of information or skills (often unconsciously) that over time build up into a large body of knowledge or experience, which means an individual becomes proficient in their job and knowledgeable about their industry or profession.
Although this type of learning is very different from traditional learning where knowledge and skills are acquired through a conscious process of studying in the classroom or online (e-learning) – everyday learning is essential, for it is through this type of learning that most people learn how to do their job and improve.”
When we learn in this way everyday, we don’t refer to ourselves as LEARNERS, we are just people!
So although Traditionalists see their role as designing, delivering and managing (e-)training – and take on a command and control position in the organisation, the work of MWL Practitioners is both to provide modern, relevant training and promote everyday learning – in other words enabling and supporting all the ways people learn in the organisation. This is the big Mindset Chasm that needs to be crossed.
Want to find out more, my Modern Workplace Learning book is now available.