The world that we’re now living in is characterized by global connections, accelerating rates of change, and unprecedented levels of complexity. Which means that in addition to our formal degrees and our advanced training certificates, each of us needs to know how to transform the knowledge we've acquired in school or at a training program into a variety of experiential learning journeys. We especially need to know how to design and implement learning programs that help us (a) improve the essential skills we already have, (b) develop the new skills we need to succeed at work and in our lives, and (c) reframe our outdated modes of thinking. Knowing how to learn effectively in response to this century’s newest challenges and opportunities is going to be this century’s crucial skillset.
A New 21st Century Learning Equation
The kind of learning this new world is demanding of us takes time. Whether we’re trying to strengthen existing skills, develop new ones, or reframe outdated beliefs, learning takes time.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. The hard truth here is that months and months, not days or weeks of hard, disciplined work are required to achieve even modest levels of personal or professional expertise. And, It also takes the support of a trusted thought partner who knows about this, someone who’s willing to stand beside you through your thoughts, most challenging learning-journey moments.
Real learning takes this kind of time because, at base, it’s a process that involves the transformation of newly acquired knowledge into complex, real-world skills. Real learning takes time because it’s hard to create for yourself by yourself the on-going ability to design, implement, and evaluate your own personal experiences. Consequently, in this new world of ours, when things are constantly changing, our basic learning objective must always be the leveraging of the new knowledge we’ve acquired into the sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting that we have to have if we’re going to cope with the uncertainties and complexities that this new century is pressing on us. If we truly want to develop the complex new skills 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 and 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, this equation tells you that you need 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 and in the development of these propositions, ideas, and skills. Clicking any of the navigation buttons that 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. If you want to both acquire the knowledge that’s relevant to your growth and successfully implement the learning experiments that will turn your new knowledge into new skillsets.
USING TLO LEARNING RESOURCES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING COMPETENCIES, AND DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLSETS
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.