Learn to fly: big planes and small skills

My usual approach to new technology is to dive in and give it a go: after all, how wrong can you go? I’ve only ever once sat in the cockpit of a jet, but i’d have to say that i’m not sure how far my learning strategy would have got me in this case. There were, even by my standards, a lot of switches, outnumbered in fact only by the dials. It was a level of complexity beyond that with which i am comfortable.

But of course they don’t let you loose on the big jets to begin with: you start small. Starting small you build your core skills and then use them as a foundation for the more advanced ones: the solution to complexity is to break it down into manageable chunks.

Small skills sit at the heart of big challenges and should sit at the heart of any learning design: these may be physical skills or problem solving ones, it doesn’t matter. It’s just that we have to start small and build to big.

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About julianstodd

A learning and development professional specialising in e-learning and learning technology.
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3 Responses to Learn to fly: big planes and small skills

  1. Tigran says:

    “Small skills sit at the heart of big challenges and should sit at the heart of any learning design”. Absolutely!

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