Public online workshop runs: 5 May - 6 June 2014
About the Workshop
The Networked Age demands a new set of learning skills and tools. In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about acquiring existing knowledge and skills in formal courses but “learning the new" - that is continuously discovering new ideas, new thinking and new resources relevant to your industry and profession
Why is "learning the new" important?
- The half life of a piece of knowledge is 5 years. A college degree will likely be out of date long before the loan is paid off.
- There is no such thing as a job for life – only a life of jobs. It is estimated that current students will have more than 10 jobs by the time they are 38. 47% of jobs are likely to be automated in the next 20 years.
- It’ll be up to every knowledge worker to remain marketable and acquire new knowledege and skills – in order to keep their job or find a new job.
- Today’s workplace requires that successful employees keep pace and continually learn new procedures, strategies and technologies to stay abreast of developments in their fields. In turn, hiring managers will select employees based on those who have well developed continuous learning skills.
- Organizations need fresh thinking and fresh ideas. It can't just be left to one or two people in the organisation to keep the others up to date; it needs everyone to feed into their teams what they are discovering, to ensure the organisation itself learns continuously.
- By encouraging and supporting the new skills and tools for people to “learn the new”, organisations will demonstrate an interest in their employees and in this way retain the talent.
- It is no longer about filling students’ heads with stuff, but preparing them for the new world of work by helping them acquire the skills and toolset to "learn the new".
- Although many students are already online and using online services and networks, but they will need guidance and support on the new professional learning skills they will require to find jobs and retain them.
Each week of this 5-week online workshop focuses on a different set of skills and tools for "learning the new" (as shown in the diagram on the right and explained briefly below)
Week 1: Growing your professional learning network - A knowledge networker knows a lot of people, so in this first week we look at how to grow your network of colleagues and connections (on diferent social networks and community platforms) as well as review the value that they are bringing you.
Week 2: Building your professional resource base - A knowledgeable networker makes use of a lot of information resources, so in the second week we look at where to discover and search for resources, as well as how to receive a constant drip feed of new ideas and resources from the Web of relevance to you.
Week 3: Knowledge mining (Extracting Learning), Curation & Storage - A knowledgeable networker applies a range of new skills to deal with the immense amount of information s/he encounters. In third week we look at how to filter out the "signal from the noise", evaluate the resources you find, and "join the dots" between random pieces of information in order to extract the learning. We will also look at the range of tools you might use to organise and store what you find - either temporarily or long term, privately or publically.
Week 4: Recording and evidencing learning, Building your professional brand - A knowledgeable networker records what s/he has learned not only as a personal (reflective) activity but also as a way of evidencing his/her learning. In the fourth week we will look at the tools you can use to do this, as well as how to build you personal/professional brand in order to market and promote yourself to prospective employers.
Week 5: Learning out Loud (Sharing the New) - A knowledgeable networker shares what s/he learns with the appropriate people in the appropriate network. In this final week we will look at how to add value to what you share and how to avoid over-sharing.
How the workshop runs Acquiring these new skills takes time and practice; it's about making small incremental changes to the way that you learn. So each week a set of resource pages will be made available which contain advice and guidance, tips and tools, readings, activities and conversation items. You are invited to make use of these resources in the best way that suits you - nothing is compulsory - and share your thoughts and experiences with the group.
The Workshop will be facilitated by Jane Hart, who will be available to answer any questions you might have.
This workshop is suitable for
Anyone who wants to acquire or refine these new learning skills for themselves, or for educators and workplace learning professionlas to consider how to help others (students, employees) to do so too.
To book a place on this Workshop
The introductory price for this 5-week workshop is £79. Click the Buy now button to sign up.