Learning is a continuous process and everyone has an enormous capacity to learn.
With “VUCA” characteristics of the digital environment, people or organizations should keep learning agile. The shift from the reactive learning mentality to proactive learning attitude enables individuals and organizations to look forward, improving their learning competency.
People are encouraged to select their learning channels, as well as the trustful resources to accumulate information, develop knowledge base and enhance a “learning-doing-relearning” cycle; to gain insight and ultimate wisdom for improving professional maturity. Learning makes experience enriched; experience helps us learn more.
Situational (Problem-based) learning: With ever evolving digital new normal, business professionals become aware when some of the long-acquired knowledge is no longer applicable in certain situations. Outdated knowledge or conventional wisdom create gaps in problem-solving. To become learning-intelligent, information savvy, and improve problem-solving effectiveness, people have to learn and relearn all the time, and then, apply those lessons to succeed in new situations, become better problem solvers, foster change or innovation.
In reality, trying to solve a problem without fresh knowledge might cause more problems. True problem-solvers have the intellectual curiosity to learn interdisciplinary knowledge, dig into the root cause, learn the complexity of issues facing them, in order to come up with better solutions. To deal with complex problems today, solutions need to be made from a much broader and encompassing view that is not possible in linear thinking. It’s all in the attitude to learn faster and develop a creative “problem-solving” mindset which needs to be nurtured properly.
Collaborative learning: The emerging digital technologies such as social platforms and collaboration tools provide a flexible way to learn, share and collaborate; make learning informal, but more effective. Learning from each other shows a good attitude to learn and be open minded for catching new perspectives, helping to surpass one’s own limits; through someone else’ experience, we can gain a lot without much price/loss to ourselves
The digital tools and apps make learning informal, but more cost-effective and interactive. To enhance collective learning capability, it is important to build a creative team having people with the cognitive difference, diverse background, experience, and capabilities so that they can share, learn, complement with each other’s viewpoint and skills for both generating ideas and implementing them smoothly, with the very goals to build a learning environment in which people learn to think multi-dimensionally, co-develop fresh ideas and co-solve all kinds of problems.
Limitations on learning are barriers set by humans themselves. Learning is a continuous process and everyone has an enormous capacity to learn. Digital learning is interactive, interdisciplinary, informal, inclusive, and integrated, all of them foster creativity in a structural way by requiring people to break away from the current one-size-fits-all mold and move to more proactive and customized learning for self-development, competency building to unleash potentiality.