Turning our Knowledge into Art, the Art of People!

I want to advocate for a poetics of non-consumptive reading in the digital humanities. Scholars and students of art, literature, history, and culture ought to transform more of our non-consumptive research into expressive objects. Non-expressive use of texts is a dead-end for the humanities. A computer model surrounded by a wall of explanatory words is not enough. Make the computer model itself an expressive object. Turn your data into a story, into a game, into art. ~ Mark Sample

When I read these words for the first time, I thought they were limited for a single domain in education. With time passing and through developing educational programs for all kinds of audiences (academic or business related), these words come back to the frontline of thinking, as they define – at least to my own understanding – fundamentals in education and learning!

Learners are full-time partners and full-time active actors into any educational and learning process, whether it is at the thinking, the design, or the development or at the delivery stages!

Without their presence, all of our skills and studies would remain caught in our minds and between the walls of our limited exposure to real world!

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Image courtesy: Mothers’ Day (Blog)

Training by competency is a trendy discussion in these days, to say the truth, I think it was about time to look at this side of education and training. From past experiences in adult education factors of success were mainly when people were trained in through a work related content, added to the possibility to benefit from a peer to peer sharing and continuous learning process.

With this emerging approach, educators and learning designers will also need to embrace the world of competency! No I am not joking! I am not saying that their skills and professional abilities are at stake, it is the field of their competency about people that will need to improve, and in some cases to get a full recall and rebuild of what they will need in the coming times.

If you teach music it is obvious that you know music ideally you are a musician, the same happens in any domain that also includes mainstream and educational special needs as well as business education and technical training… But how about people? How about knowing exactly how they feel, what they need and how they enjoy learning in the best way?

That kind of competency is and will be required the most. Meeting music learners, meeting mining workers, meeting people with special needs, meeting the people and learn from them what they do, how they do it and the way they think. We know, and this is no big news, that the one size fits all does not work anymore. Content is known to be the same, the way we deliver has to meet people’s ways of thinking! We do not need to be experts, we need to learn how to behave like ordinary people!

Haven’t you noticed, if you ever trained people directly, their attitude when their educators show them how human he or she is? How do they show attention and feel engaged when the sentiment of fun is at rendezvous?

There is no doubt about our knowledgeable levels of content, we simply need to remind ourselves that the best teaching is leaning who are the people we dedicate our knowledge for.

Learning by competency is an amazing way to teach us the art of people!

Michel – November 22, 2014

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