Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Free Learning - and you are not involved

Anna Farmer, over at The Engaging Brand lists 8 Free Ways to Help People Learn at Work.

Notice how NONE of the solutions include a trainer, an instructional designer, or any educational development models. No mention of eLearning, courseware, or anything that smacks of a classroom.

Anna's emphasis is on business, leadership, and management. This is where many of our clients (corporate management) see the future of "training" - easy access to information, mentors, and collaborative tools. NOT courses.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Classrooms will always have their place. Especially when the subject at hand is the application of technology. Motivated people can teach themselves a lot, but when the definitions are assumed, and the subject is new, capable folks are soon discouraged.

A good teacher gives students a foothold by ascertaining what they know and then building from those foundations. A good student desires to learn the subject he studies – this is perhaps the weak link, as many people in the professional world want to get from paycheck to paycheck painlessly, and find learning an uncomfortable addition to their already tortuous duties.

Herein is the trouble: Most people endure their jobs. The commute, the forced associations, the inferior superiors… the whole thing is an affliction and they try desperately to manage it by finding their place in the machine, and by learning to produce what’s required with minimum effort.

When some person who’s job doesn’t suck decides that the machine must change, the memo goes out and the long suffering employees clench their teeth knowing that they must now do more to get what they already get, which – beside money – is something they don’t want. The hostility won’t roll uphill so it is visited on the trainer, especially if he is a peer or worse, farther down the business hierarchy than his unwilling students.

A great many complexities grow out of this confliction, and much of the contemplation and review of methods is motivated by an unconscious desire to placate unwilling students.

P.S. I think you’re pretty