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Professional learning, informal learning and ‘wicked’ problems

This is a diagram I’ve drawn based on Peter Sloep’s Chapter on Networked Professional Learning in Littlejohn, A. and Margaryan, A. (2014) Technology Enhanced Professional Learning: Processes, Practices and Tools. London: Routledge:

Learning, creativity and knowledge work


I’ve posted previously on Peter Sloep’s work on learning networks. I found this chapter to be a useful analysis of the concept of networked learning in relation to professional learning specifically (and that’s an important distinction). What the diagram attempts to summarise is that professional and knowledge-based integrated work and learning tends to take place where learning is predominately informal (as needed and highly situated) as professionals are addressing ill-defined and complex work problems. Such problems require (interdisciplinary) professional knowledge creatively applied. Valuable professional knowledge work and valuable professional learning takes place through tackling ‘wicked’ problems. 

So how might learning and development functions and professionals best support and enable learning in these wicked problems? Does professional education currently develop the creative and meta-learning capabilities required for working in and on wicked problems?

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I’ve been back to work for four days now but today was the first day of feeling inspired and quite happy to be back (possibly due to ‘home improvement’ hassles earlier in the week). Anyway, this is not an extensive post but I found a couple of useful reads this week:

An e-learning strategy framework caught my eye mainly for the statement that:

I realized that this manager was under the impression that her learning management system (LMS) was her e-learning strategy. Several years ago, Brandon Hall said that an “LMS is the lynch-pin of an e-learning strategy,” but technology alone is not a strategy.

Which is a nice illustration of the common problem of technological determinism. But the framework presented discussed organisational goals, MarComms, administration, audiences and finance yet nothing on pedagogy. Can an e-learning strategy framework that doesn’t address questions of how users learn be adequate?

The Vulnerability of Learning from @gsiemens via @mhawksey caught my eye as something rarely stated but very true:

Learning is vulnerability. When we learn, we make ourselves vulnerable. When we engage in learning, we communicate that we want to grow, to become better, to improve ourselves.

And the same can be said of other valuable learning processes of creativity and innovation – there is a link between making oneself vulnerable and doing what is valuable. As George suggests, the logic of efficiency may well end up destroying what makes learning valuable personally and socially.

creatively inert

Flicking back through some of my relatively recent delicius book marks and came across this one from Scott Berkun giving a nice summary on why creativity inputs – courses, books, conferences, even people – rarely lead to organisational creativity. Inertia rules!

Some interesting stuff

Here’s a link to some interesting links on creativity and innovation – worth exploring.

Further interesting and thoughtful argument on Google‘s branding from Umair Haque although I’m not convinced that a traditional approach to branding automatically leads to plastering your home page with Ads – altho’ that would be a traditional strategy from an advertisers and marketers’ perspective. I’d suggest good (as in high quality branding) should project in some form something of the ethos and values of a company. In the case of Google or, from a different sector, Muji that might not involve traditional approaches to advertising and marketing. The post is also very good on what makes Google such a value creating company in a powerful, structural and systematic form.

And here is an interesting post on networks and social capital – which has important implications for generating and supporting an adaptive and innovative organisation.

A post on Toyota’s Blue Ocean Strategy – its always good to see operational excellence, which is what the Value Innovation programme seems to be about, getting its due kudos in a discourse on strategy.

Hope you find these useful!