I you asked a group o people what theythink learning is, you will probably end upwith a variety o answers – rom acquiringacts to studying to personal development.All the answers usually t into two mainmeanings:
Learning as a process
– i.e. theactivities and experiences we gothrough to gain a result we want,such as a qualication, skills orunderstanding
Learning as an outcome or endproduct
– e.g. changes to what youknow or can do, such as new skillsthat can be used, or ideas that mayalter the way you look at the world
As humans we are constantly learning.It’s something that we do bothconsciously and unconsciously - asindividuals and socially with others.We may do it in a ormal environmentlike a college, in the workplace withcolleagues or by ourselves by readingor on the internet.This guide ocuses on helping you toimprove ‘learning as a process’ - whenyou are intentionally learning and havelearning goals rather than learning thatmay or may not happen as we go throughlie – and by doing so help you to improveyour learning outcomes too.
The Campaign or Learning’s defnition o learningincorporates both meanings o learning:
Learning is a process o active engagement with experience. It is what people do whenthey want to make sense o the world. It may involve the development or deepening o skills, knowledge, understanding, awareness, values, ideas and eelings, or an increasein the capacity to refect. Eective learning leads to change, development and thedesire to learn more.’
– just what do we mean?