Has the way we learn changed?

Technology is zooming ahead, changing the way we interact and influencing the way we learn. Or maybe not? I do not think we learn any differently but we certainly have easier access to what we want to learn in a format that is much, much more accessible.

Learning has always been a blend of skill, knowledge and understanding, delivered to us by those already in possession of the skills, broad knowledge and depth of understanding. In the past if I wanted to study under a specific person I would have needed to attend their classes, courses or if lucky, have access to a book.

“A book”. Hmmm, this might only give me a peek at what I could learn, a series of books might be better, mixed with a series of videos showing the skills, and lots of exercises from their experience and knowledge.

I enjoy learning today, I get to choose what I want to learn and how I want to learn it. I do not have to fit into someone else’s learning shoes or learning pace. The progression is at my pace.

I enjoy studying online in the virtual classroom. I choose my topic and follow a series of videos over a 5 or 6 hour course. I have written material to study, tremendous visual explanations and I am learning from a professional in that field. Someone who has mastered the 10,000 hours and can bring to life the processes with the tips that make the tasks much easier, success is within reach and clearly understood. It is an inspiration, and motivates the between-class learning, training, note taking, practice and exploration.

It also makes me laugh out loud: (this video was made for the conference we hosted in Sep 2017) 

No, not dog training, “resource production” may be closer. I have been in possession of the Adobe Creative Suite for several years, trundling along with the instruction manuals that explain to me each of the features of the system.

I now follow the Lynda.com courses and have fallen in love all over again. Addicted to learning new aspect and confident enough to explore, test and try out new things.

Can we achieve that joy with learning about dogs? Absolutely. The science is copiously written down explored and taught – that is the software manuals that describe how each function works. Do the software designers build inspiring videos, breath-taking graphics that hook our interest? Very unlikely.

People who do it and share their passion

We need the practioners, the professionals, the people who take this software and explore blending ideas together, stretching the edges of what is possible and imagining new ways of using the tools.

I have the tools, I have talented dogs, great trainers, and now can produce the resources for sharing the learning.

This is never going to be limited to books.

It has to be seen, it has to be stepped at a pace for the individual to absorb, learn and explore. It has to be experienced to raise more questions. It has to be shared.

Shared learning is truly a gift. One person’s question is another person’s solution. A different view can crystalise understanding.

Celebrate the new learning format.


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