I started wondering earlier today, in one of the PLENK2010 discussions, how many participants come from backgrounds like mine — training and learning in organization and corporate settings — as opposed to school (primary and secondary ed) or academia (“higher education”).
Partly I’m hoping to learn ways that people are trying to encourage or support learning in non-educational settings. Not just in the be-a-lifelong-learner or take-charge-of-your-learning frame of mind, but also in terms of focusing that encouragement and support around some organization-specific goal. Because, you know, if Sgitheanach Financial is merging with Sinon Real Estate, we’re probably going to have new systems, new goals, job changes, and other things that people will need to adapt to. It won’t all happen via Twitter and Facebook.
In no way am I implying that I don’t value the contributions of people in educational or academic settings. I’m just using this question to find people whose challenges/problems/opportunities are more clearly like mine. Or at least like some of mine.
I didn’t see a(n obvious) tool to create a survey within the discussion, so I’m trying one here. No ulterior motive; I’m just curious about the makeup but not up to reading a thousand here’s-my-intro posts in the course Moodle. Feel free to comment.
(I suspect this may need revising, which might mean another poll. I wouldn’t want to mess up the results of this one any more than I need to.)
If you’re an independent practitioner (like me), considering answering based on where the majority of your work (or income) comes from.
* Just an excuse to repeat the story about a reporter asking Pope John XXIII
how many people worked at the Vatican. His reply: “About half.”
CC-licensed survey image by psd / Paul Downey.