There is a profound change occurring in society. And this has minuses and plusses. In this context, however, it is well worth thinking through the modifications which are for studying implied.
The fluctuations are more than digital technology. Changes in social studies medicine, surroundings, and more have an impact. Our choice must be: How do we act in ways that are humane and sustainable?
There was A conference recently held that concentrated on the changes in our own lives. Recent advances in medicine, food, and more have turned us or so, from a society with a mean lifespan of 40-60 years to a more similar to 80-100. And our systems haven’t evolved in accordance. Their concern was: How do you deal with working in education, retirement, and more when the old version of functioning’til 60 isn’t economically viable?
The results suggested the old ‘learn, work, retire’ version is broken. We will need to think of cycles of learning, working, retiring, and beginning again! That is, things will be more flexible. We may take short retirements while we deal with family transitions, and normal breaks to learn again. Or simply to recharge the batteries.
We change the world. Weather changes are becoming more extreme. Lighting is so ubiquitous, it is hard to really locate the dark! Animals are currently evolving to adapt to the changes. The world we grew up in isn’t anymore.
Learning is a part of the. In an age of accelerated change, more, technology, and jobs possess a Darwinian lively that is similar. As others die, new ones will emerge. We will need to keep learning. Up against the character of work and retirement, folks will require ongoing learning and need occasions of refresh that is deep. It’s been posited that we will change jobs but we may have careers!
That said, our brains aren’t currently evolving at the same speed. Despite myths about digital natives and attention-length changes, our brains do not adapt that.
Which isn’t to say that we’re not behaving differently. With choices for diversion, we’re more likely to be susceptible. And improvements in the science of marketing mean we’re more vulnerable to predatory tactics. We’re gravitating to the fix. And that is ok for performance support, but learning’s different.
Through reactivation overtime that is spaced, our brains learn Regardless of the prevalence of digital technology. We need retrieval practice to change what we can do. The elements that encourage us learning still work.
Which isn’t to say that this is reflected by our practices. We still see info dump and knowledge test. Bullet points and grin sheets are known to not work they are still widespread.
Yet social changes disasters, suggest we will need to do. We will need to align with all our normal learning with urgency. Our professional ethics need us to do.
I took inspiration from the ‘slow food’ movement and suggested ‘learning’. It was a light-hearted reaction to ‘rapid learning’, but it was meant to be profound. Slow is the go, When you have a look at how learning works!
Our ‘formal’ learning began as a kind of apprenticeship. There were authentic tasks occurring (e.g., the making of necessities such as hunting equipment) and new apprentices to the craft began by observing. These novices would be given tasks that are small, true in the context of the work. Trainees would take on more and more until they had been masters.
As we moved to what Gary calls ‘biologically secondary’ learning–other notions that were man-made, economics, and math –we transferred to knowledge practices. From Socratic dialog through studying to the modern notion of ‘school’, our practices attempted to strike a balance between effectiveness and efficiency. And of learning, with naive ideas, we were not able to manage the prior in rivalry with the latter.
Interestingly enough, we’ve gone full circle at which we can talk about ‘cognitive apprenticeship’. We apply those old approaches that were in alignment with our brains work. And we work better working on practice in contexts!
That design approach was inefficient but technology has given leverage to us. We can stream out small tasks as time passes, together with responsibility and challenge. We can accommodate to person progression and gaps. We can move people at the speed the brain learns through growth. We can deepen the learning at a continuous pace.
And such an approach can serve both learning wrapped round the workflow, as well as dives. We can, and should, be considering learning experience design for a manual.
There is a new world that is lively that we need to adapt to. Our brains can not change at the speed needed but we are given mechanisms to cope by our science. We can design social shifts to support how we want and need to deal with individuals. And we can leverage technology to achieve that.
I’ll suggest that we want to ‘humane’ organizations. By this I mean ones that align with how we think, learn, and work. People will be more productive and happier. And that is a goal