Professional Responsibility??

11 March, 2008

This months Learning Circuits Big Question is:

“What is the scope of our responsibility as learning professionals?”The Big Question Logo

This is actually my third attempt at responding to this question, each time I have come at it in a different way. That tells me the answer to this question is very much determined on the context of the individual learning professional.

Learning professional is such a broad job description, it could include teachers, trainers, lecturers, professors, consultants, managers, coordinators, instructional designers, developers or project managers just to name the first few that spring to mind. The scope of work done by these people is enormous! To say there is any one definitive ‘stop’ point is impossible.

However, I do think we can answer this question in very general terms. The learning professional is responsible for ensuring learning objectives are achieved regardless of the delivery mode. If a classroom solution is adopted the learning professional is responsible for ensuring instruction, activities and resources are adequate to assist learners to achieve the learning objectives.

Similarly if a social learning approach using web2.0 tools is adopted the learning professional is responsible for ensuring the community has the support and guidance required to achieve the learning objectives.

The two examples I have used are very simplistic and are not intended to illustrate the full scope of challenges that a person charged with delivering those projects would face. I do not believe any learning professional can say a particular delivery method is not their responsibility. If they are truly committed to achieving the learning objectives they will consider all options.

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