Learning by doing
Whenever I take a look on my learning biography I have to state, that I learned most, when I not just consumed, but immediately applied what I learned. That’s undoubted, as long as applicable. But what about content for knowledge workers? What about learning in complex curricula, where application is not possible at once? How about working on a change in mindset, where external views, ideas and experiences would be helpful for reflexion?
In so many contexts, the creative aspect of learning takes place in exchanging with other people, dealing with similiar issues or goals. In social collaborative settings, as I would like to name this. When people get together, exchanging on what they are learning, and how. Sharing their knowledge, experiences, successes and failures. And social collaborative learning can even turn into cocreative learning, When the persons involved not just create new knowledge and understanding, but also new ideas and Views.
And finally - something I was able to experience once or twice - social collaborative learning may lead to innovation. Now that’s exciting. Imagine, you do not have to send your employees to retreat, to sit down and innovate under orders. Just give them room and time to learn collaboratively and maybe innovation is one of the outcomes. Can you see the chances?