Improve Workplace Learning From A to Z

Improve Workplace Learning a to Z

Being Fast or Being Good?

 

Brent Schlenker tweeted an interesting question yesterday,

“Is it better to learn how to be fast at doing something, or to first learn to be good at it?

I think it depends on your goal and it is more important where you end up than where you begin.  The more you create, the faster you adjust (learn), the faster you create a quality output.

Learn by doing.

Eric Scott shared the story that fits well with Brent’s question – what do you think?

A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.

To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best”.

To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”

The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.

The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfulls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones, and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.

At the end of class, both halves were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.

Learning Means Believing in Yourself

believe in yourself

This is the third post in a series on improving your learning from A to Z. “Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” Samuel Johnson Believing in you is another foundational component of learning. If you don’t believe in yourself, it’s hard to grow and learn. Like knowledge, confidence can’t be transferred. The person that […]

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When will the Robot Instructional Designer Arrive

Or has it already arrived? I was reading an article about how Quill (a natural language program) is writing reports for large financial companies, intelligence agencies and even reporting on baseball games.  Stuart Frankel is the CEO of Narrative Science which is the company that owns Quill. Here’s an excerpt from the article where Frankel discusses renting out Quill […]

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A Learning Strategy is About People

I wrote a post about why workplace learning is complicated and it could apply to most workplace scenarios because working and learning are all about people.  Ajay Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood recently questioned if this perception is deserved.  This is a good question and they have some good suggestions for making workplace learning less complicated, as […]

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Week in Review 090714

Things I found online this week that caught my attention.  How about you? What did you discover? @JD_Dillon Again, learning doesn’t change. Our understanding and ability to support it will hopefully become more effective. #LRN2024 World in Beta from @hjarche  In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace emerging technology, and the transformations it […]

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My Top Learning Tools for 2014

It’s that time of year again! Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools. I enjoy sharing my tools and seeing what other tools people find most useful to them.  If you haven’t contributed, there’s still time. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Twitter – my social stream YouTube – great tool for visual and hands on learning […]

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Search Isn’t the Answer for Everything

search isnt the answer for everything
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Learning is Connecting

Learning is connecting
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Learning Mindset

learning mindset

 

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