Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.9. Learn through communicating with others

ryanrori January 24, 2021

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Learning takes place in many ways throughout our lives. As children we learn, firstly, by watching and listening to our parents. As we grow older, we learn from our friends at school and our teachers. Nowadays we can learn from watching certain informative programmes on television and from our searches on the internet. Many of these learning scenarios involve other people or at least one other person.

Working with others in a group helps learning because:

  • It exposes us to more ideas than our own. We saw the value of this in brainstorming
  • It can assist our creative thinking to have a number of people sharing their ideas, which we also saw in brainstorming
  • It helps us to organise our own ideas when we speak about them, and this reinforces our learning
  • It gives us a chance to test out our own ideas, when our peers give us constructive criticism
Learning from Facilitators

The role of the facilitator is to make our studies easy or easier, to guide us along. The facilitator encourages our participation through questioning. Questions are open questions and they form a platform for follow up or more probing questions. The facilitator will also reinforce the learning for us by giving us motivational feedback to encourage us to practice our new skills. Our learning is reinforced by the facilitator through frequent summarising of the key learning points.  During our learning, the facilitator will assess us in terms of how much we have learnt and understood during our studies. This helps us to gauge how much more work is needed to complete our studies successfully.

Learning from Mentors

According to the Oxford English Dictionary a Mentor is “Experienced and trusted adviser”. Learning from mentors, whose experience is more varied and greater than your own is a key to your success in the learning environment.

You need to work closely with someone you trust, who knows you and your weaknesses well and on whom you can rely for fair advice. Your boss, for instance may be an excellent mentor whose example and teaching can guide you for the whole of your career. You can use the boss, not only as a source of learning, but also as a sounding board for your own ideas and ambitions.

Learning from Colleagues

Our colleagues are the people that we work with. They are the people that we usually have the most contact with. As we all have different levels of understanding, it is possible that one of our colleagues may be able to assist us with some of our studies that we are having difficulty grasping.  Some of your best contacts will be made at work, especially when you work in a team. Teams can operate inside departments or across both departments and functions and may well involve others outside the company.

Learning from Other Learners

You could find that you would learn quite a bit during a training session from other learners – when they ask a question or make a statement.

You would also be required to work in small groups / teams during a training session (occupational learning).

Learning from Other Team Members

Let’s say we have decided that we need a team to help us with our study. We want to mind-map on an assignment that we have been given. We cannot just throw together a group of people and expect them to work as a team after just a few days; even if they are studying the same subjects that we are. Teams need to grow and develop through a series of stages. It is often difficult to blend the needs of individuals, the team and the organisation, so it can feel a bit hectic at times.