The last time I looked at roles in education I was inspired by Anil Mammen to create a table based on his definitions. I think some of the descriptions can be used in a prescriptive way of getting out of our industrial, hierarchical mindset and moving to an enterprise 2.0 or wirearchical culture. In networks, learning is the work, so a critical part of this culture shift is viewing learning as quite different from traditional training. The objective is to become a wirearchy:
a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on information, knowledge, trust and credibility, enabled by interconnected people and technology
Though incremental change may not always work, it might be easier for established organizations to move to a transition zone in getting there:
|Training – Learning & Development – Organizational Development – HR
|Representative of the establishment.||Guide||Peer in learning.|
|Responsible for imparting approved knowledge.||Knows what to teach, when & how.||Continuously learn & unlearn.|
|Omit & modify as necessary.
Collude with the establishment.
|Knowledgeable on a given subject.
Interpreter of information.
Workers – Learners – Employees – Associates
|Powerless receiver of knowledge.||Empowered to find knowledge.||Critical Thinker.
Democratization of knowledge.
|Studies out of fear of failure, reprisal, or displacement.||Closing of teacher-learner divide.
||Decentralization of authority.
|Selfish motive to learn – job, money, fame, power, desire to appear smart.||Opportunities for self-directed learners.||Seeker of truth.
* Arete in ancient Greek culture was courage and strength in the face of adversity and it was to what all people aspired.