What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals?
This question comes from several recent experiences. One was a Chief Learning Officer panel discussion where it seemed that supporting informal learning or communities of practice was not something they were considering. There was also discussion on my blog around the fact that in corporations there is a limit to what we can do as a training organization (see Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape). All of this makes me wonder:
Karl and I feel this is an important question for all of us to think about and as a community to begin to address.
- Do educational institutions and corporate learning & development departments have responsibility for supporting Long Tail Learning? Do they have responsibility for learning beyond what can be delivered through instruction? If so, what is their responsibility? Where is the edge of responsibility?
- Similarly, does the instructor have a responsibility to help students make sense of or deal with content he or she did not teach the students? In other words, if a student finds information on the Internet or some other place, how much time and attention should the instructor allow for the discussion of such content? Should it be discussed at all if it is non-conventional or generally thought of as not credible or contradicts the instructor? Who determines credible research? Is all non-referred research questionable?
How to Respond:
Option 1 - Simply put your thoughts in a comment
Option 2 -
Step 1 - Post in your blog (please link to this post).
Step 2 - Put a comment in this blog with an HTML ready link that I can simply copy and paste (an HTML anchor tag). I will only copy and past, thus, I would also recommend you include your NAME immediately before your link. So, it should look like:
Tony Karrer - Safety Training Design
or you could also include your blog name with something like:
Tony Karrer - Safety Training Design : eLearning Technology
Posts So Far:
- Karyn Romeis (Karyn's erratic learning journey) - The Big Question for March: Scope of Learning Responsibility
- Clive Shepherd - The big question: What is the scope of our respons...
- Note: Both Karyn and Clive have helped crystallize aspects of the key questions and issues, but my guess is that there is going to be some disagreement with nuances of what they are putting forward. For example, I somewhat take issue with Clive's bottom line:
The learning professional can never be 'responsible' for anyone's learning, but they help to create an environment in which learning takes place in every context.
- Learnlets - Scope of Responsibility.
- Bill Brantley - Design of Knowledge: How Responsible Are We For Learning
- Jacob McNulty - Scope it Out
- Learning Revolution: Responsible learning
- Taruna Goel : The Role and Responsibilities of Learning Professionals
- Ignatia - Scope of Learning Responsibility: not my concern!
- Tony Karrer - Learning Responsibility
- Bill Brantley - More Thoughts on the Long Tail of Learning
- Jay Cross - When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
- Stephen Lahanas - The Learning Enterprise is Everyone's Responsbility
- Karl Kapp - Kapp Notes: Who's Responsible for This?
- Mick Leyden - Professional Responsibility???
- Tony Karrer - Learning Objectives, Performance Objectives and Business Needs
- Maria Hlas - Who's Job is it Anyway?
- Nicola - quick thoughts
- Catherine Lombardozzi - The Learning Leader's Responsibility at
- Tony O'Driscoll
- Priya Thiagarajan, Chicken Soup for the Mind
- Geetha Krishnan Scope . . . Responsibility . . . Learning Professionals
- Michael Hanley. Learning Professionals: the Economists of Knowledge
- Limits of Responsibility : Caddickisms