We are in the Learning Age. Today, more than ever in history, people must be able to learn and adapt quickly. Technology, jobs, processes, and knowledge are constantly changing and evolving. In order to keep up, people need to have the ability to learn, problem solve, question, and create.
As instructional designers and facilitators, this is an exciting time, if you are willing to be more creative and think outside-of-the-box. Instead of training on boring repetitive tasks, you get to help people grow.
Returning to The Accelerated Learning Handbook by Dave Meier, here is how he summarized the difference between how we used train to how we need to train in the Learning Age:
Traditional Learning tends to be: Rigid Somber & serious Single-pathed Means-centered Competitive Behavioristic Verbal Controlling Materials-centered Mental (cognitive) Time-based Accelerated Learning tends to be: Flexible Joyful Multi-pathed End-centered Collaborative Humanistic Multi-sensory Nurturing Activity-centered Mental/emotional/physical Results-based