Self-responsible learning: Better than a continuing education show

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Expensive training and elaborate training is often not much more than a cheap training show, if you look closely at it. Because often enough, it's more about showmanship and lecturer evaluations than actual learning success.

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Certificates do not lie?

Yesterday I touched on the example of time management, why expensive trainings are often ineffective. Then I was asked by comment, which I mean exactly. Here's a bit more about why it's more about effects than about content and lecturers become clowns.

Let's stay with the topic of time management and imagine a two-day seminar: The participants get to know different time management techniques by working through a textbook and doing written exercises. In the end, there is an exam that leads to a good-sounding certificate that was invented by the training provider himself.

Learning instead of creative

In order to survive, one has to answer a few questions about the different methods, for which the majority of the seminar participants probably have memorized the course. This is by no means a fictitious example, but one that I have experienced myself!

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What is completely lacking, however, is a constructive discussion or a critical examination of the methods - not to mention that one had thoroughly thought through the learned techniques, modified them for his own purposes and adapted them to his way of life and work. Only then would real, creative learning have been possible.

It hapers in the practical implementation

However, the willingness to learn from the participants is the basic prerequisite. If all of this is missing, it is no wonder that what is learned in the course of training is not used at all.

In fact, according to experts, 77 percent of participants in such training courses have not learned to translate the theory from the seminar into professional practice.

The lecturer as a clown

But it gets even more paradoxical. Because the participants do not feel like it, the coaches have to come up with some ideas to keep them happy. The revelation author Richard Gris comes from even this guild (behind this pseudonym hides Dr. Axel Koch) and chats in his book “The further education lie” from the sewing box:

If the participants enjoy the course and are enthusiastic about the trainer, this is almost the whole rent. That it's fun, but does not necessarily mean that you really learn something. Some trainers simply resort to tricks - for example, by giving stock picks that have nothing to do with the seminar topic.

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Good mood on the feedback sheet

Show and showmanship instead of content. Not the learning success is the goal, but the good mood of the participants. Therefore, it is absolutely taboo to confront one or more participants confrontationally by saying uncomfortable things - even if that would actually be beneficial to the learning goal.

The reason is simple: at the end, all participants give a feedback sheet about how they liked the seminar. Good ratings mean that the training has been successful - even if it has actually brought nothing.

Bureaucratic waterhead to certifications

So good lecturer ratings on feedback sheets come about. Because they mean good references for a lecturer - and as such are an integral part of the further education show. Often they are even faked.

For a long time, a complex and bureaucratic system of certifications, accreditations, seals of quality and evaluation statistics has emerged in Germany.

The mass of quality criteria is too much

Even though it may be a good idea in theory to provide an orientation to potential customers in the confusing further education market, which is primarily in the hands of private providers and therefore subject to comparatively few state regulations:

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The mass of quality criteria and measurements is simply too much of the good.

Each his own seal of quality

There are alliances that raise their own quality seals - according to the motto: Let's see how the acceptance is on the market. There are colleges of the population, who want to defend themselves of their complicated reputation as municipal competence centers with an ISO certification for which complicated administrative procedures are to be observed.

There are employment agencies that allow private certification agencies, which in turn should certify the training institutions. And there are Companywho sell adventurous and elaborate number games as objective evaluation or education controlling. It is hardly bureaucratic.

Fantasy certificates as graduations

Just as confusing is the number of degrees that further education participants can receive after passing the exam: there are innumerable well-sounding fantasy certificates created by the institutions themselves.

In addition, there are academic masters and MBAs who must have undergone at least one accreditation process, as well as the well-known IHK degrees whose recognition in the labor market is guaranteed only by one: Because each company is legally required to compulsory membership in an IHK, everyone knows this , And what you know, you recognize even more!

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What is my degree worth?

State-recognized degrees, such as school or university degrees, are only rarely available. Participants can barely see what their potentially laboriously acquired credentials will be worth on the job market afterwards. Again, the more convincing advertises, the better business.

As a rule, this is based on the degree of recognition of the institution or course - and more rarely on the actual value of the further education.

Better the paper in hand than spongy abilities in the brain!

But often enough it does not really matter what you really can and has learned during the training: Many potential employers, the piece of paper that certifies anything, rather than the vague idea of ​​what the human should.

In other words, a scrap of paper gives them more security in their attitude than their own knowledge of human nature. Only: It does not necessarily give you the most innovative ideas and staff who were really willing to learn - but those who put their money on good-sounding papers. And autodidacts have less chance of finding a job.

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  1. David Kitzmüller

    RT @SimoneJanson: Part 6 - why #curiosity & #Learning by #Doing loud #brain research make you happy

  2. Simone Janson

    Part 6 on self-determined #learning - why #nurosity & #learning by #doing loud #brain research make you happy

  3. Simone Janson

    Thank you for the practical confirmation of my thesis.
    I have even worked in the field of further education and found it blatantly that many education providers there throw their own certificates on the market.
    Reassuring to hear that not every employer relies on it!

  4. Regine Heidorn

    In job interviews it has so far been shown to me that I leave a better impression when I explain why my recent degree at an expensive private institution is not qualified. Which for me is a test criterion for the potential employer: Since I know the weaknesses of the training well, I do not want to start a job for which these weaknesses are positively connoted.

  5. Simone Janson

    Part 5 of my # advanced training series - # certificates before # human knowledge - # paper war as part of the # advanced training show

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