The Big Question in the Learning Circuits Blog this month is: New skills and knowledge for learning professionals?
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
In my opinion, within an increasingly complex and fast changing environment, a learning professional should have the skills to continuously keep her Personal Knowledge Network (PKN) up-to-date. As I wrote in an earlier post, a PKN is a unique adaptive repertoire of:
- Tacit and explicit knowledge nodes (i.e. people and information) (external level)
- One's theories-in-use. This includes norms for individual performance, strategies for achieving values, and assumptions that bind strategies and values together (conceptual/internal level)
Consequently, a learning professional has to be:
1. A good knowledge networker (external level), that is one who has the ability to:
- Create, harness, nurture, maintain, and widen her external network to embrace new tacit/explicit knowledge nodes.
- Help others build and extend their networks.
- Identify connections, recognize patterns, and make sense between different knowledge nodes.
- Locate the knowledge node that can help help achieving better results, in a specific learning context.
- Cross boundaries, connect, and coopeate.
- Navigate and learn across multiple knowledge ecologies.
2. A good double-loop learner (conceptual/internal level), that is one who has the ability to:
- construct and adjust her own representation (private image) of the theories-in-use of the whole.
- self-criticize and be open for others' criticism.
- detect/correct errors with norms and values specified by a new knowledge setting.
- Test, challenge and eventually change her theories-in-use according to the new setting.