I was always keen on researching more on the path of Learnability and learning. Learnability as the word suggests means ability to learn. My Director at Symbiosis, Ms Shaila Kagal told me about this concept first. It has been one of the best ability that I have developed in past few years. Learning on the other hand is the gain which you enjoy from learnability. I read about it a lot on web and concluded that there are four stages when you are learning anything new, say a new technology:

  1. Get to know about the new technology
  2. Learn it.
  3. Test it practically
  4. Share it with others.

Each step has its goals. When you are in stage one you should try to see where all this technology is used. See some live examples. The goal of this stage is to get excited about the new technology.

When you are excited enough jump into the learning ocean. Search the web, read tutorials, attend courses, talk to people who have already worked on the technology. The goal of this stage is get your basics right.

When you have learned a lot about the new technology, test it practically. Prepare a pilot project. Nothing better if you get to work on a live project. The main goal of this stage is to get you hands dirty with the new technology and put your knowledge under test.

The last step is not followed by everyone and people may argue whether it should be a part of learning list. I would strongly advocate sharing. When you are sharing with others you have to be absolutely clear with your ideas. The audience will ask you questions which you might not have thought of this will give you chance to go back and read more about the technology. Sharing always increases the depth of your knowledge.

The cycle doesn't stop at the last step rather it is an iterative process. Where you go back to step 1 after the fourth one to get excited about new features, enhancements, new application areas using the same technology.

I am enjoying this cycle and it involves some serious learning. Though it takes time and energy, as I have to do all these things outside my normal working hours, but it's not tiring. I find the field of learning really interesting. I am also working on few new ways learning things like organizing a Barcamp and Coding Kata, both are exciting new ways of sharing and learning.

I thought while going through :
1. various articles, sites, blogs, posts on internet understanding the process of learning.
2. the memories of classes that Ms. Kagal took.

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Tarun Chandel
Life, Learning and Technology
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Anonymous said...

In fact learnability is a trait you can acquire extremely well when you teach. At times when I chose a new topic to teach I did learn a lot and was excited to teach. The pleasure is twofold.

Anonymous said...

That's a very valuable input. Learning while teaching (i prefer calling it sharing). Look at Kathy Seirra for example, Kathy exemplify an important thing, the need to learn at all the times. She has successfully devised a new and effective way of presenting complex concept. I am sure she must have learned it over time, may be by writing ineffective write ups or by reading those boring books. She analyzed the situation when she was going through it and devised a better way out.

So when you are at the last step of your learning cycle, sharing, you should keep your eyes and mind open to the subtle reactions which people give, may be through their body language, and improve from there on.

Learning a very important thing, but more stress should be on developing the ability to learn, Learnability. It's a very useful concept.

Anonymous said...

A very nice post on learning and learnability is by our very own

Parag Sir


Anonymous said...

The most valuable concept I have learned from Parag sir is the concept of reflection. He has reiterated it's importance often in his blog.
I will write a blog on reflection soon as it is very interesting concept.

Anonymous said...

Also reflection is the crux of learning.

Unknown said...

Just to emphasize how important sharing is, I am putting this snippet which I got form Capgemini university's site:

The kind of training and coaching people are given makes a big difference in how much they will retain. In general people in a learning situation retain:

10% of what they read
20% of what they hear
30% of what they see
50% of what they see and hear
70% of what they talk over with others
80% of what they use and do in real life
95% of what they teach someone else to do

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