At Transformational Learning Opportunities, we know two essential things about 21st Century learning: (1) Your high school diplomas, college degrees, and best-in-class third-party training certificates are fundamental accomplishments; and (2) that, by themselves, these formal, classroom based educational accomplishments won’t guarantee you that you will develop the modes of thinking and the personal and professional skillsets that you need to have if you’re going to thrive in today’s world. Today in spades we know that personal and professional expertise never arises immediately or directly out of classroom-based instruction. The kinds of personal and professional expertise that works in the real world always has to be grounded in the knowledge that comes from good educational experiences, but the ability to do something with this knowledge develops fully only through long periods of testing and experience. Both on the job and in our lives.
Which means that, in addition to high-quality education, each of us needs to know how to design, implement and evaluate our own self-directed learning projects. Real world learning skills are the 21st Century’s crucial skills; however, even though today they’re precisely what each of us needs, they’re also the skills that most of us have yet to develop.
In this new world of ours, it’s become clear that one of our most important learning objectives must be learning how to transform the new knowledge and experience we acquire into the sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting that we need if we’re going to cope with the uncertainties and complexities this new century of ours is bringing us. If we want to develop the skills that this century is demanding, each of us needs to be capable of implementing this learning equation:
"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development"
At TLO, we understand this equation’s importance. We’ve used it ourselves, tested it in every way we could think of. Which is why we’re now suggesting that it could be of use to you. When the learning task in front of you is translating the new knowledge you’ve developed into the personal and professional skillsets you most need, this “Front-End” / “Back End” learning equation is the approach to learning that will offer you the easiest and quickest way to develop the new skills you need. Here at TLO, we’re in business to help you develop the learning skills you need to translate your Front-End Knowledge into the Back-End mindsets and skillsets necessary for you to succeed.
Using this 21st Century learning equation as our foundational model, we offer three distinct Front-End/Back-End learning-to-learn programs. Each is a progressively more advance opportunity for you to learn how to take the knowledge you have and the new knowledge you developing and turn all of it into the mindsets, perspectives and skillsets you need:
Learning-to-Learn Conversations:- These introductory sessions are 1-, 2-, or 4-hour dialogues that are designed to help you explore the strengths and weaknesses you have as an adult learner and discover the new learning-to-learn skills you’ll need to develop if you’re going to consciously manage your own learning. During these introductory conversation(s), we explore with you the strengths and weaknesses of you natural learning style, and the new skillsets you’ll need to develop for effective self-directed learning. These new skillsets could include techniques like mindfulness, critical reflection, conceptual association, conceptual integration, and purposeful experimentation. We explore all these issues in a way that’s broad and deep enough for you to grasp the kinds of learning skills you should be looking to develop.
Learning-to-Learn Workshops:- These workshops are either one day off-sites or a short series of two hour virtual workshops that are designed to help you discover your learning strengths and weaknesses, and master all the new experiential and transformative skills you need in order to design, initiate, and evaluate your own learning-to-learn efforts. The specific skills necessary for effective self-directed learning, like mindfulness, critical reflection, conceptual association, conceptual integration, and purposeful experimentation, are explored in detail so that you can truly comprehend the work that needs doing if you’re going to master your own self-development.
Learning-to-Learn Programs:- These programs are on-going real-world experiments that are focused on helping you define, develop, and use the new learning skills you need if you’re going to effectively and successfully address your own developmental needs. Our learning-to-learn journeys are designed jointly, implemented by you, and supported by me. Each learning experiment is designed to rewire and retrain your mind and your brain. You will use the experiential and transformative skills and techniques you’ve mastered –specific skills like Mindfulness, Critical Reflection, Conceptual Association, Conceptual Integration, and Purposive Experimentation –to accelerate your development. These real-world experiments are the time and the place where you rehearse and refine your personal and professional learning experiments until you’re confident in your mastery of the learning skills and techniques you’ll need to accomplish your unique work and life goals.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve learned that each person who joins us comes into our learning-to-learn programs with different experiences, different learning skills, and different developmental needs. We’ve also learned that many who join us bring with them a good measure of skepticism. They’re intrigued with what we have to say about this new 21st Century approach to learning. But, they’re also not so sure that they, themselves, actually need to respond to our invitation to deeply question what they know and how they’ve come to know it. Do they actually need to deeply question their own beliefs and their naturally instinctive ways of learning?
As a result of this hard-won experience, we’ve discovered that with most new clients, it’s necessary to engage them in one or more exploratory conversations. Discussions that discuss exactly why and how the world-wide sense of uncertainty, the accelerating rates of change, and the unprecedented levels of complexity that we’re all now facing are powerful reasons why they need to learn at least a little bit about TLO’s new learning equation. Click the navigation button below to schedule an exploratory Learning-to-Learn conversation that will help you define your distinct learning-to-learn needs and interests