TLO's Best Practices learning approach
Today, no amount of formal classroom education can guarantee you that you've developed the knowledge, perspective, and skills that will assure your success. In a world that's filled with radical complexities and accelerating rates of change, here at TLO we believe that a high-quality formal education, without question, is an absolute necessity. In this day and age, it's the price of admission to a successful career and/or a satisfying life. But, by themselves, formal degrees will never be enough to show you exactly how to build the career or the life you aspire to. At best, whatever your formal educational accomplishments may be, they can only be the foundation for what, for each of us, must become a lifelong learning journey.
In addition to formal educational accomplishments, you're going to need to know how to design and implement your own experience-based, self-directed learning programs. You will need to know how to take the knowledge, perspectives, and insights your educational accomplishments have given you and use them as tools that help you leverage your everyday experiences into effective self-directed learning opportunities. Here, at TLO, we're convinced that a formal education is simply the Front-End of every one of our real-life learning efforts. It's the launch pad that has to be built before we launch our self-directed experiential learning experiments that are the Back-End components of our life-long learning journeys.
The 21st Century learning equation that I believe speaks to this is something that every learner needs to become intimately familiar with, and exquisitely capable of implementing. It looks like this:
"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development."
This equation highlights both the Front End educational knowledge any learner must have and the Back End learning skills that you must have if you're going to succeed in today’s complex and rapidly changing world. In practical terms, this equation highlights the fact that those of us who have personal issues to address or professional goals to reach must learn how to organize our Front End educational curricula and our Back End learning experiments so that together they help us do three critical things: Improve the essential personal and professional skills we already have; develop the new personal and professional skills we need to succeed at work and in our lives; and reframe the outmoded modes of thinking we have about ourselves, others, our work, and our lives in ways that help us respond more effectively to the toughest, most complex challenges we face.
The 'Inform, Educate, Transform' button just below takes you to a short paper that synthesizes how TLO translates 21st Century learning theory into concrete, actionable steps. The 'TLO's Learning Propositions' button outlines the hypotheses and propositions behind this intervention model. The 'Two Learning Programs' button offers a more formal review of TLO's integrated learning interventions. The 'TLO's Front-End -- Back-End Thought Papers' button offers you six thought papers on TLO's new 21st Century Learning Equation. See what you think...