My Latest Learning Obsession


I’m at the point where I’m beginning to think that we’ve come full circle. 350 years ago, before “education” became formal and public, we had spent hundred’s of thousands years learning stuff. We sat around fires and listened to stories. The best place at the fire was kept for the Shaman who was usually the storyteller. It was social. It went on all your life. It was all about continuous learning.

We moved to an apprentice model. Apprentices learned by watching, asking, making mistakes, and just doing. Their learning was a continuous experience from the day they started until the day they died. Experience did prove to be their best teacher.

So we move from that and more to the formal class and public schooling, corporate training events and then (drum roll please) informal, blended, social, virtual, simulated, digital games and … Did I miss anything?

Seems to me that, when you put it all back together, we’re back to the Continuous Learning Experience. So that’s what I’m going to focus on.

  • Are we back at the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • How do you disable the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • How do you enable the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • What does a Continuous Learning Experience design look like?
  • What does a Continuous Learning “Teacher” “Instructor” “Facilitator” do?
  • What are students expected to do during a Continuous Learning Experience?
  • Does it work?
  • Is it worth doing?
  • Can you measure the ROI?

… and more.

I want to hear from you since this blog gets between 3,000 and 12,000 hits per blog. What do you think?

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