When you ask the question “What does learning mean to you?” you get a myriad of answers. I thought it would be fun to ask this question to the members of the LPD team. Below are their answers.
You can provide information to anyone, but to know you successfully trained someone is to see them effectively use that information. Anyone can be given information, but to be considered a learner you must gain new knowledge and be able to effectively use that information.
Learning is a Lifelong Process; a devotion by an individual to continually accrue knowledge and make meaningful connections between topics, philosophies, and historical experience. It is an active endeavor involving cognizant engagement by the individual and social interaction amongst friends, family, colleagues, and mentors. Teaching is the guidance of learning. It is the scaffolding of foundational topics that provide a launching point for knowledge creation. A teacher enables learning by providing learners the resources they may need to overcome hurdles in the learning process.
All learning exists in a social context; whether it is the social pressures an individual is facing from their job or peers that motivates them to learn a new skill, the social exchange of information from one individual to another, or the the observation of social consequences and rewards from watching an individual fail or succeed which motivates learning. You can’t simply tell someone how to do something and call it learning. If you want learning to stick, we need to make it an experience. Something the student can engage with and apply in their own professional life.
Learning should be both informative and interactive. A good Instructional Designer creates an environment- whether in person or online- where learners are given the information they need in a way that makes them want to learn.
Training is passing on knowledge to someone else in hopes of helping them understand something more thoroughly and use what they are taught to build and improve upon existing skills. Learning is never ending. It is something that we do from the day we are born to the day we die. There is always something new to learn about.
Learning is accepting the opportunity to widen your knowledge on skills and topics through study.
When I think of learning I think of the Olympic torch relay. The torch represents the collective knowledge that we as humans have managed to accumulate so far with our time on this planet. The flame represents the power that this knowledge brings to us. The relay runner represents all who have taught and inspired us. To me learning is a personal choice. We must want to learn. Like most things in life that really matter, it isn’t always easy and requires sacrifice. But the benefits are worth the cost.
Now that you have seen what learning means to us. In the comments below tell us how you would answer this question.