How Corporate Learning is Redefining EducationPosted: April 4, 2014
Why corporate learning is fast coming up as the most acceptable fashion of education is quite evident in its all-encompassing model. The essence of this learning model involves responsible participation from every individual, which in turn contributes to a cumulative group work. But, the better part is that every individual learner also play vital role to see that the other learners of his/her group are learning equally well. This co-operative effort of education was first developed in 90s, with the spirit that combined effort should be such that either all members of a group should succeed or fail. There is no middle way.
There are mainly three categories of corporate learning methods: formal, informal and cooperative, each of which is based on different styles of learning. Whatever it is, corporate learning follows five fundamental concepts, each distinguished by five key elements: face-to-face interaction, positive interdependence, group processing, accountability and interpersonal skills. The perfect design of corporate learning must include all these five factors, and incorporate various assignments to generate cumulative effort to share information for the sake of an entire group’s success.
Let’s see how these five major elements of cooperative learning play their roles:-
Face-to-face Interaction: In this process, the chief emphasis lays on oral discussion that instructors design to bring out for exchanging of ideas and group dynamics to make collaborative efforts in learning. This sort of process can successfully take place via classroom message box like Blackboard or pre-scheduled online chats. The ultimate aim of this sort of method is to build inter-dependence on one another for success.
Positive Interdependence: This element shows that the each distinct role assigned to individual member is initiated through mutual interdependence of the group members. The project idea is shared and participated by all the group members to the satisfactory outcome.
Group Processing: In this phase, participants focus on the individual as well as collective outcome in respect of executed and unfinished work. Analysis of helpful and unhelpful measures is identified here through the comprehensive capacity of the participants. And, based on the feedback of them positive momentum for future project is planned.
Accountability: Accountability both in respect of individual and group-work is judged in cooperative learning. Educators design the processes in such way which may be on expected or random times to see the eagerness of participation from the group members. There is Formative assessment to measure the ongoing progress and participations from each and every member; and, Summative assessment that calculates particularly individual participation, instead of the whole group, after completion of the project.
Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal skills are kind of social skills that students are often need to be taught. Social nuances like leadership, confidence, good communication, trust, management skills are aspects that get focused through the projects. In course of group work, students are expected to identify their weaknesses and overcome them thoroughly.
Corporate learning is, thus, making a whole new concept of education where learning becomes a spontaneous development, instead of monotonous process. Especially, in business management studies this model of learning has proved to be fetching unbelievably positive outcome.
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