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Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom, 2006/06/03 - Too much e-learning resembles comfort food – soft, lacking in substance, and worse still, we are spoonfeeding it to learners. We need to stop being paternalistic and expect more of our learners. So John Rogers tells Kineo in a new interview.
Rogers was part of the team at Barclays who designed, delivered and helped to sustain one of the most successful online learning communities in the UK. In a recent audio conversation with Stephen Walsh of Kineo, the leading learning consultancy, he explained that one of the reasons this and other learning communities can be successful is the transfer of responsibility to the learner as individual, and away from the model of waiting for the answer from the training department.
He commented: “We should be trying to move to a situations where we have a relationship with a learner on a one to one basis, rather than wait for everyone’s needs to be aggregated and assuming that a formal programme two month’s hence will provide the answer, as by then, the issue may well have moved on…Learners should take responsibility for figuring out what they need.”
In the interview, available in full on the Kineo website, Rogers predicts a movement towards the disintermediation of learning, whereby the formal structures and delivery channels become less important as learners find, and in some cases build what they need on their own terms, with support from learning and development teams. This more informal model, though admittedly “more difficult to manage”, will ultimately prove more sustainable.
You can hear the conversation in full at the Kineo website.
Kineo shares further insights on sustainable learning this month also on the site.
Kineo is a leading consultancy practice providing advisory services, research and niche e-learning products to support learning and development teams in the public and private sectors. Founded in November 2005 by Matthew Fox, Mark Harrison, Steve Rayson and Stephen Walsh, Kineo is a limited liability partnership with offices in Brighton.
Aztec Consultancy and Training Ltd is a learning consultancy that specialises in the effective implementation of learning and ongoing support for learners in the workplace. This work includes the creation of corporate universities. Peter Norris, John Rogers and their associates provide services to a number of leading organisations in Europe.
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