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Learning Power

The Age of the Self-Directed Learner is Upon us - Bring the Journey of Learning to Life 

 

With over 20 years’ experience helping universities, schools and communities to become learning organisations that are able to continually adapt and transform to successfully address the opportunities and challenges of the digital world.

Why becoming better at learning matters

 

The rate of technological and social change exceeds our ability to adapt – individuals and educational institutions are struggling to cope.

Personal success requires adaptability, resilience, agility and the ability to ‘lean in’ to embrace continual change in all aspects of life. This critical capability is a function of our ability to learn – as individuals, peers, teams and educational institutions.

Understanding your Learning Power

 

Learning Power fuels complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, all key competencies for wellbeing and success in our world.

 

Understanding ourselves as learners enable us to ‘get better’ at self-directed learning.

 

Learning Power self-assessment provides a language and research-based measurement model for a different type of conversation: one which turns self-diagnosis into strategies for change.

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  1. Mindful Agency – is being aware of my thoughts, feelings and actions as a learner and able to use that awareness for self-leadership, taking responsibility to design, implement and evaluate my learning processes; the opposite is being ‘robotic’.

  2. Sense-Making – is making connections between new information and data and what I know already. It’s identifying the learning that ‘matters to me’ and my story; the opposite is simply ‘accumulating data’.

  3. Orientation to Learning – is finding the optimum balance between the uncertainty and doubt that prompt and energize learning and the unwavering determination to get it done at all cost; the opposites are at either extreme; fragility and dependence or rigid persistence.

  4. Creativity – is risk taking and playfulness, and using my imagination and intuition to generate new ideas and options and testing them out; the opposite is being ‘rule bound’.

  5. Curiosity – is wanting to ‘get beneath the surface’ and ‘dig deeper’, generating questions and always asking ‘why’, the opposite is being ‘passive’.

  6. Belonging – is trusting that I can be understood and find support from people around me when I need to solve problems; the opposite is being ‘alone’ or ‘left out’.

  7. Collaboration – is learning with and from others as well as being happy to learn by myself; the opposite is either being ‘isolated’ or ‘over-dependent’.

  8. Hope and Optimism – is having the confidence that I can learn, change and make progress over time, the opposite is being ‘stuck and static’.

Understanding your Learning Power

 

Learning Power fuels complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, all key competences for wellbeing and success in our world.

 

Understanding ourselves as learners enable us to ‘get better’ at self-directed learning.

 

Learning Power self-assessment provides a language and research-based measurement model for a different type of conversation: one which turns self-diagnosis into strategies for change.

Transforming performance through Learning Journeys

Learning Power fuels learning journeys. Self-directed learning begins with a purpose that matters. When personal purpose is aligned with organisational purpose then cultural transformation begins.

Focusing on learning as a journey requires a pause for planning – understanding the problem and the Learning Power needed to address it. Building new knowledge and planning for improvement.

 

Once the challenge is understood, it’s about doing the job, implementing the plan, learning fast, failing fast and learning again. Testing and prototyping until it’s fit for purpose.

 

The last stage in any learning journey is about evaluating success. Data that are fit for purpose is interrogated for success – both for the ‘job’ that was done and for personal change. Inevitably this provides a new baseline that leads to the next journey.

The eight Learning Power dimensions are holistic personal qualities which combine thinking, feeling and doing.

Learn

take control of your learning journey through planning and understanding what it is you want to achieve.

Adapt

don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes. This is your opportunity to learn, drive forward and grow.

Transform

Learn new skills and ways of learning, by understanding who you are and the learner you are