Learning for the Twenty-First Century

There are important links between the technologies managers are beginning to use to transfer knowledge and how the human brain learns best, according to international learning expert Sharon Bowman.

Ms Bowman worked with AIM in September to present a range of workshops and events designed to explore how managers learn.

AIM CEO Vivienne Anthon FAIM said that AIM was determined to incorporate latest learning principles in its public and corporate management training courses.

"The nature of learning is changing and we need to ensure that our courses are robust, relevant and incorporate the latest research and design principles. It is fascinating to watch participants working with iPads and other learning technologies that we have invested in," she said.

Incorporating the work of Robert Hawkins, Ms Bowman shared ten trends for human learning in the twenty first century with audiences.

1. On-the-Go Learning: People are learning while moving through their day, using mobile devices such as cell and smart phones, Blackberries, iPads, Kindles, iPods, and MP3 players to access information.

2. Cloud Computing: Technology tools such as cloud computing are changing how information is created, exchanged, stored and retrieved. This technology makes the acquisition of information more economical for all.

3. Multiple Tools: Each learner has one or more ways to access knowledge: virtual and face-to-face classrooms, self-study, webinars, podcasts, chat rooms, blogs and wikis.

4. Anywhere, Anytime Learning: Choices give learners all sorts of new ways of acquiring knowledge, thereby creating a 24/7 learning environment.

5. Gaming and Social Networks: There is now a multitude of ways people connect via the Internet to learn, share information and create a collective base of human knowledge.

6. Personalised Learning: When learners can choose how, when and where they acquire the knowledge they need to be effective in their work and life, they tailor their learning to their personal needs and desires.

7. Learning Spaces Redefined: The formal learning environment is being replaced with a huge variety of learning spaces: virtual and real, small and large, informal spaces, self-study, small collaborative groups online and face-to-face, "lunch and learn" groups, "teaching circles," and project based groups that disappear once the project ends.

8. Open Content: Knowledge is no longer finite; people add to it and transform it as they learn. Collaboration and knowledgecreation is the name of the game. Writing knowledge becomes as important to learners as reading knowledge.

9. Real and Virtual Assessment: Assessment becomes both a tool for evaluation as well as a skills-based benchmark, with multiple ways to assess learner progress.

10. Trainers as Guides/Mentors: The role of the instructor is being redefined as trainers step away from the "sage-on-the-stage" role and become more the "guide-on-theside" coach in the learning process.

"The global trends in information and communication technology and management education have informed the instructional design and supporting technologies of all of our courses," Ms Anthon said.

The expanded range of AIM courses and learning experiences is available in the 2011 Course Directory, available at www.aimcourses.com.au.