This week (15-21 May) is Learning at Work Week, but cast your mind back a short while and ask yourself: “What did I learn at work last week?” If you find it hard to think of at least one example, then maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit.
Need some inspiration? Let’s start with a little food for thought:
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”
So said former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Showing understanding of how people best learn, Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said:
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Early Chinese philosopher Confucius thought that:
“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”
And one for the boss, perhaps, courtesy of John F. Kennedy:
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
Colleges and universities are full of learners, but the term shouldn’t be confined to students. If you are a manager or teacher in a college and university, then you must learn too, especially in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world that is increasingly reliant on technology.
Let’s continue by asking a few questions:
Lecturers, are you:
- able to access technology specifically for teaching and assessment?
- comfortable using that technology?
- confident students are making the most of technology resources?
Managers, are you:
- aware of how students use tech and their attitudes towards it?
- aware of the role technology can play in student wellbeing and retention?
- using technology to make efficiency savings?
- confident that your staff are using technology to the best of their ability?
If you can’t yes to all or most of the above that apply to you, then maybe you need to learn some new ways of working.
Firstly, establish a baseline: Work out the tech skills and resources you and your institution have, the skills and resources you would like to have and the skills and resources students and colleagues expect you and the institution to have. If there’s a shortfall, it’s time to make a change.
There is a wealth of help available from Jisc. Our new guide contains comprehensive information for your digital transformation journey and a suite of tools and resources. Alternatively, book in for one of our free Connect More events, being held around the UK in June and July and focused on the digital capabilities that every teacher needs.