Some significant trends in learning:
- Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated
fields over the course of their lifetime.
- Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience.
Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning
now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice,
personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks.
- Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime. Learning
and work related activities are no longer separate. In many situations,
they are the same.
- Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define
and shape our thinking.
- The organization and the individual are both learning organisms.
Increased attention to knowledge management highlights the need for
a theory that attempts to explain the link between individual and organizational
- Many of the processes previously handled by learning theories (especially
in cognitive information processing) can now be off-loaded to, or supported
- Know-how and know-what is being supplemented with know-where (the
understanding of where to find knowledge needed).