What is learning development?
Referring to the definition quoted by Hilsdon, it is “a complex set of multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary academic roles and functions, involving teaching, tutoring, research and the design and production of learning materials, as well as involvement is staff-development, policy-making and other consultative activities.”
Modes of practice
- Development of courses: In business, such training practices are planned to enhance the academic growth of the staff. A lot of research work is needed to frame such course materials and they are usually designed by experienced professionals. This process requires efficient teaching, imparting necessary advice and tutoring to provide with the intended parameters designed.
- Information: As this is a matter of knowledge, literature plays an important role along with practice. According to the definition set by the SCONUL Working Group of Information Literacy, Information Literacy has been defined as, “an umbrella term which encompasses concepts such as digital, visual and media literacies, academic literacy, information handling, information skills, data curation and data management.”Seven pillars of Information Literacy cited by the SCONUL are:
- Mathematics and Statistics: This forms an important part of providing learning development support. Mathematical and statistical support refers from basic numeracy to advanced rules and methods.
- Algorithms: Algorithms are a way to systematically plan and produce quality job. It does not allow skipping of any step and is much more methodical. The planning differs with respect to the working position of every member. Besides, it requires dedication to carry them out successfully. While execution requires diligence and seems to be a little tough, proper building of these algorithms is a necessity. The bricks can be easily piled up, but if the method and technique goes wrong the pillar is expected to fall apart. So is the case with business firms. Hence, forming of proper algorithms is very important.
- Cognizance: Awareness about recent development and current affairs should be a part of the daily regime just like any of us eat or sleep. Business is an industry that is forever open to changes by default. So, cognizance makes it slightly easier to glide through the tough roads.
Critical thinking and research work: The more you read and keep your minds open to updates and stories about the experiences, the more it instigates the critical thinking buds of your minds. A lot of hard work is required to achieve success. Research work is mandatory and a lot of it leads to the framing of a proper learning development support. Research works are inclusive of group work, information literacy, oral and written communication skills, reading, solving and development of intelligent quotient.