Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.1. Access and use available learning resources

ryanrori January 24, 2021

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In an ideal world we would all have a personal tutor and all the technology and time we could wish for, but of course, the workplace and our personal circumstances are not always perfect and sometimes they are just plain difficult!

However, you will also learn how to use the resources that you do have at your disposal effectively in order to get the best results in terms of your learning.

Identify learning resources

Resources are the means to supply a want. Resources can be raw materials, money, knowledge, people, or anything that is used to produce a product or supply a service. The following table shows some of the resources used by two different organisations. The University of Cape Town supplies a service, namely education, while Mittal Steel manufactures a product:

Organisation Human resourcesFinancial resourcesPhysical resourcesInformation resources
UCTLecturers Administrative staffState subsidiesFeesBuildingsLecture hallsLibrariesComputers Educational expertiseResearch reportsAnnual reports
Mittal SteelManagersSales staffTechniciansAdministrative staffShareholdersLoansProfits Assembly plantsBuildingsEquipmentComputers Data on the marketEnvironmental informationStatisticsSkills in steel manufacturing
Learning resources

Learning resources can be raw materials, money, knowledge, people, or anything that is used to enable us to learn. So if we look at our example above, our learning resources can be:

  • Human resources, like colleagues, facilitators, subject matter experts and mentors/coaches
  • Financial Resources, like subsidies, bursaries and grants
  • Physical resources, like computers, books, videos, DVDs
  • Information resources, like educational expertise and research reports

In addition to the above-mentioned resources, we also need to have the appropriate communication resources at our disposal in order to learn and apply our learnt skills and knowledge effectively. Communication resources can range from the people with whom we interact (clients and colleagues), to the people from whom we learn, as well as the actual means of communication, e.g. lectures, coaching sessions, feedback sessions, the telephone, e-mail, in fact any means by which we communicate in order to learn.

The more effective the resources we have at our disposal, by implication, the more effective our learning. 

However, no matter how much money you spend on learning material, how many textbooks, excellent facilitators and mentors are at your disposal, ultimately, effective learning depends on you and how committed you are to learning a new attitude, skill or competence, or acquiring a new value.

If it’s to be, it’s up to me!