“Learning is not just acquiring new knowledge; it is everything that leads to a change in behavior.”
Roger D. Chevalier in an ISPI Skillcast originally broadcast May 19, 2010
I really like this statement …
Acquiring information is fine. We assimilate new information and data about people, places, and processes on a regular basis.
Technology provides most of us with the ability to accumulate fairly easily and rapidly in both formal and informal learning environments.
Information without action is just a bunch of data cluttering up our Personal Learning Environments (PLE).
Information alone does not result in learning.
We can know many things about a subject. I myself know many items of specific information about a number of subjects, none of which I am actually proficient in or even able to work at an entry level.
You have to know how to put the pieces together.
In my world, this means taking some knowledge about human behavior in general and psychological behavior in particular, throw in some learning theory, add a dash about leadership development, and stir to create practical, research-based activities which result in learning about leading.
Putting information together into functional collections is key.
I can create a focused and thoughtful learning experience for motivated people, execute with a bit of dash, and still not have learning occur.
“Training is fine, but here’s how we really do things in this department.”
“We don’t have access to that software. Sounds great, but you have to use the old stuff.”
“Yes, it’s noisy in here, but we can’t move, so just try to ignore it and do your best.”
“Our bottom line is the only measurement we need to tell how effective you are.”
Effective learning is not just about learning … it’s about management support, available tools, context, and the environment, among many other things.
Learning to take the broader view on learning in the Heartland ….