A new Truth
In addition to formal degrees and advanced training certificates, each of us needs to know how to leverage the knowledge we've acquired in school or at a training program into personal and professional learning journeys. In particular, we need to know how to design and implement personalized learning programs that (a) improve the essential skills we already have, (b) develop the new skills we need to succeed at work and in our lives, or (c) reframe our outdated modes of thinking so that we’re able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities that we're now facing.
A New 21st Century Learning Equation
Over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that real learning takes time. Weeks and months of hard, disciplined work. Whether you’re trying to strengthen existing skills, develop new ones, or reframe outdated beliefs, learning takes time. Time to explore, to think through, to practice, practice and then practice some more. It takes the support of a trusted thought partner who knows this, someone who’s willing to stay beside you through you most critical learning journey moments.
Real learning takes time because, at base, it’s a process that involves the transformation of newly acquired knowledge into complex, real-world skills. It takes time because it’s hare to create for yourself the on-going ability to design, implement, and evaluate your own personal learning experiments. In this new world of ours, our basic learning objective must always be the leveraging the new knowledge we’ve acquired into the sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting that we must have if we’re going to cope with the complexities that this new century of ours is pressing on us. If we truly want to develop the complex new skills that this century demands, we need to be capable of implementing this learning equation:
"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development"
This equation highlights the idea that to succeed at work or in life, accomplished adult learners need three things;
Relevant, high-quality education,
Essential learning skills, and
A wide variety of carefully designed real-world learning experiments.
Whether you have personal issues to address or professional goals to realize, you need to know how to integrate your "Front-End" knowledge development efforts with your "Back-End" learning experiments. Accomplishing this kind of integration only happens through the use of key learning skills. TLO’s Learning Resource Center is designed to assist you in your exploration of these propositions and ideas. Clicking any of the navigation buttons you see below will help you learn more about the ways in which TLO can help you develop the advanced learning skills you need to have mastered so that you can acquire the knowledge that’s relevant to your growth and successfully implement the learning experiments that turn this new knowledge into new skills.
USING TLO RESOURCES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING COMPETENCIES, AND YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS
DEVELOPing NEW KNOWLEDGE
If, as an individual, you're at a vital crossroads and don't know which path to choose, it may be time to look beyond familiar choices and old mindsets, and develop the sophisticated performance and meaning-making knowledge that the 21st Century's newest opportunities require. Learn to invest in your own success by acquiring the knowledge you need to understand and compete in today's new world.
LEARNing TO LEARN
These days, successful adults are distinguished by their ability to handle the demands of their career, by their ability to master today's complex new tasks, and by their talent for creating innovative solutions to their life's newest challenges. Essentially, they're marked by their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. And — though it never is phrased quite this way — by their ability to learn.
BUILDing RELEVANT SKILLS
Today, each of us needs to know how to create, design, and implement our own personalized, experience-based, self-directed learning programs. We need to know how to transform the knowledge we've acquired in ways that lets us Improve the skills we have, develop new skills, and reframe our outdated modes of thinking in ways that help us respond to today's newest opportunities.