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A new paradigm for learning

Hello everyone,

I would like to explore (through discussions) a new paradigm for learning for knowledge workers in companies. I believe that the old paradigm of formal corporate training workshops does not meet the desired objective of helping participants come up the learning curve or stay in touch with the latest technologies effectively.

There is a better paradigm which is informal, networked, collaborative, reciprocal. In this paradigm everyone is a knowledge consumer and producer, and the faculty is a facilitator. Learning happens by consuming information, reflecting, and engaging in conversations (that lead to learning).

I have put up some information on these topics on my blog at . The blog also contains some Java, and software design related posts on the blog. You might have to wade through them to get to the learning related posts.

If anyone is interested in discussing these or related topics, please let me know. We can schedule a webcast at a mutually convinient time.

I am also hoping this to be one of my three interncasts.



Business or Education

This is exactly what I am presently working on for teacher professional development. I am piloting a personal learning spaces model for a group of 21 public school teachers in my district. Is there a difference between business and educational when it comes to "learning"?

Not much difference

There should not be much difference between business and education, since in both these cases we are addressing adult learners.

Art has a good point. Teachers may not be as versatile with technology as software folks, but on the other hand teachers are well versed with educational theory and they may be very receptive to a new teaching/learning medium, since what they learn about the medium may help them teach better. Some may also be in the process of experimenting with personal learning spaces for their students, and that might make them even more interested in using PLE's for their own training.

Having a little tech foundation course may help the teachers who are still not comfortable with the technology involved in PLE's.


People are people so what should it be...

Personally I don't believe there is since the subjects are still adults. The only variance would come to topic matter. Training accountants on financial theory is easier because it's their base of competence. Training teachers on educational theory falls into the same area. Training teachers on technology topics can experience the same challenges that any adult student would have. (Although, like doctors as patients, teachers can make some "challenging" students).

That is my primary concern with the implementation of technology solutions for the delivery f material to adult students. The struggle for the student often arises not from the material but from their own lack of comfort with technology and working within that type of environment.

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