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Learning is about the journey and not the destination

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by Sonia Malik.


Learning is a lifelong process, it is a self-directed and self-paced journey of discovery…not a forced march and “race” to a learning standard or data point. The purpose of learning is not to “arrive” at a particular level of proficiency “on time”. As long as we are alive, most people are continually learning, and the “journey” never ends. The concept of continuous learning is even more pertinent when it comes to the constantly evolving world of Technology where new techniques and concepts are introduced nearly every day.

According to Jay Cross,

People acquire the skills they use at work informally – talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most of us learn to do our jobs. Informal learning is like riding a bicycle: the rider chooses the destination and the route. The cyclist can take a detour at a moment’s notice to admire the scenery or help a fellow rider.

Since YOU are the best judge of your current skill level, learning behavior AND what you want to do with your newly acquired skill we want to give you the flexibility of building a learning plan that best suits your needs. At IBM, we are taking steps to support your skill development activities by providing you with a framework called a Learning Journey. A learning journey is a curated collection of learning assets, both formal and informal, that can be used to acquire skills for a specific role and/or technology area. The assets included could be video tutorials, a series of technical notes, a web-based tutorial, a technical event, an online podcast etc. etc. As a learner, it’s upto you to peruse the entire collection or pick and choose specific assets to study – you choose the components of your journey and acquire skills along the way. Besides skills development, we would also like to give you an opportunity to identify thought leaders and learn along with your peers as part of a community. We strongly believe that this framework will support your continuous learning journey, what do you think?

  • Do you like this non-progressive style of learning journeys?
  • Is the mix of various kinds of learning assets conducive to your learning style?
  • Did you miss something?

We have built the following learning journeys as a proof of concept and would welcome your feedback:

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