I’ve been reading a fantastic series of essays from the book Improving Workplace Learning (2006), edited by Castleton, Gerber & Pillay. In particular there is an essay by Gerber titled Learning and Knowing in Workplaces: How do people learn in their work?
This is a fundamental question when developing an e-learning strategy. And if we think about the learning processes which occur at the coalface, one begins to question why enterprise elearning systems are ever implemented, except to satisfy a ‘management’ requirement.
Extrapolating from Gerber and adding thoughts from my own observations, the following is a list that will perhaps prove useful during an upcoming e-portfolio implementation and facilitation.
1. We learn from our mistakes; so long as we recognise we have made a mistake and have the motivation to do our best.
2. We learn by necessity; knowledge will be more readily embedded when the reason to know it is well understood and aligns to out values.
3. Learning self-management; that we have the motivation to learn continuously, on and off the job. This learning may be formal, informal or reflective.