“In Part 1, it was shown that the work of the Learning & Development function is no longer just about designing, delivering and managing training experiences, but also to enable and support continuous independent learning.
To do this requires a different type of learning professional from the standard roles found in the workplace, i.e. instructors, facilitators and instructional designers.
The role of the Modern Learning Advisor is about enabling and supporting self-reliant and self-sufficient modern professionals who make the most of, and learn from all kinds of experiences and opportunities to self-improve and self-develop.“
“(…) What is Continuous Independent Learning?
- it is ongoing – not intermittent like most training – but a regular (if not daily) activity
- it is a life-long and career-long activity – it doesn’t stop once an individual gets a job.
- it is not organized or managed by L&D but self-organized and self-managed by the individual concerned
- everyone having responsibility and ownership for their own learning and development
- each individual having control over what he/she does and how he/she does it
- each individual building and making use of their own personal learning toolset – not just relying on the tools used in the enterprise.Learning means
- acquiring knowledge and skills in many different ways – not just through training or self-study but through Content, People, Events and Experiences in many different places (both inside and outside work)Continuous Independent Learning is therefore:
- a sub-set of lifelong learning
- a natural feature of Modern Professional Learning, and
- something that is necessary for self-improvement (for the now) and self-development (for the future)
Supporting Continuous Independent Learning meansL&D’s role is now focused on enabling and supporting this process in a number of ways– rather than controlling and managing it – for example
by preparing those individuals without modern professional learning skills
by getting out of the way of those who are already competent lifelong learners, and only providing support when they ask for it
by helping managers to manage performance improvement rather than tracking and managing all learning centrally.” — @C4LPT