How is Greater Than Learning unique?
By NATHAN KINCH
Given that we’ve just opened up early access requests to Greater Than Learning, we’re starting to encounter lots of questions. This is great. Many of them we have thoughtful answers to. Others might be light on detail. Some we may well have missed.
One question that we are consistently asked, and think we have a decent answer to, is how the learning model and methods we use differ from existing services in the market today. The purpose of this short blog is to explain our unique differentiation at a high level. It should serve as a conversation starter, rather than a conversation ender.
Let’s dive in.
How ‘we’ learn today
For the most part, when we wanna learn a new theory or figure out how to apply new skills, we’ve got a few options:
- Do some sort of course. This could be via a MOOC or some formal training method
- We do our own research. Maybe the result of this is reading content or watching some videos
- We hire consultants. They might start doing it themselves, get us involved and help ‘transfer’ capability over time so we can do it ourselves
- We pair with our colleagues, watch what they do and try it for ourselves
- We might just give it a good old crack (Aussie slang people. Basically means try it out) and learn by doing
This is grossly oversimplified. But you probably get the gist.
Humans actually learn socially, through conversations, observing and mirroring (mimicry). Pedagogical models have tried to account for this natural learning style, with all the constraints of standardised curriculum. Although this is the case, it’s generally argued that – for the most part – this learning style can and should continue into adulthood. The problem is, this is rarely reflected in ‘adult’ learning models.
What is Greater Than Learning’s model?
In simple terms, we combine action oriented micro-learning with social learning.
Our micro-learning model:
- Narrows in on a tightly bound (single concept is ideal) set of concepts or learning focus areas
- Accounts for modern life and limited attention spans
- Enables new concepts to be immediately reinforced, going from passive to active memory
- Gives learners visibility of progress (enhancing motivation), and;
- Helps ‘wire in’ the learning by supporting simple celebratory actions that feel good (positive association and reinforcement)
Our social learning model:
- Supports learning through conversations and dynamic social interactions
Nuff said (for now).
- A distinct focus on ethics and verifiable social preferability, through a commitment to genuine openness and accountability (see our Key Decision Log for more)
- Practical experience designing information sharing ecosystems, transformation programs and trustworthy products and services
- Application of the models and methods of Behavioural Design, both in our personal and professional lives
How is Greater Than Learning different?
We plan to dive much, much deeper into this specific question over the coming months. For now, here are a few clear differentiators:
- Greater Than Learning is values driven. You’re learning with a distinct focus towards social impact
- Greater Than Learning is action oriented. You are not learning without applying. You’re learning through application
- Greater Than Learning is community based. You are not learning alone. You are learning better, together
Why should Greater Than Learning matter to you?
We’re making it easier than ever before for people to learn how to design products and services – regardless of their role title or functional skills – that positively contribute to society.
As far as we can tell from the conversations we have, the reports we read and the ways in which we generally interact with society, most people reckon important stuff about our lives, our society and the world around us can be better. Many are deeply frustrated by the current state of humanity.
If you are one of these people that thinks better is possible, and believes you can play a role in making better a reality, then Greater Than Learning is for you.
If you want to get involved early? Click here.