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Learning to Learn


I am looking to develop some distance learning material which will be aimed at helping individuals 'learn' how to learn - in essence to support them in taking control of their own development.

To provide some context,:

I have designed a role (by role) based suite of development options - training programmes, seminars, networking opportunities, documentation, people contacts, etc.

I want to support this by providing guidance and assistance on how to get the most out of it through effectively managing their own development.

Any thoughts from the network on where I could source some raw material?

Many thanks in advance,


4 Responses

  1. Yikes!

    I do know of a great way (it’s called self-directed learning), and I’m a huge fan, having designed a fair bit of it! Unfortunately, it has alled been designed for specific clients, so I’m worried about breaching confidentiality agreements.

    However, the basics of it are this:

    Split down what people need to know into single tasks.

    Create an ‘activity card’ for each task that outlines:

    – what they will learn
    – the source material they need
    – what specifically to do/look for
    – who to talk to
    – any activities they should do

    It is a good idea to then complete this with a ‘self-check’ exercise which can be discussed with a manager or mentor.

    Alternatively, A ‘self-development directory’ may be a good idea, where you list all the things that someone might like to do e.g: ‘make my meetings more productive’, or ‘say no’. You can then signpost where people can go to find materials to help them with that particular issue.

    Hope this helps,

  2. Distance Learning Materials
    Hi Ian,

    I did some work with a trainer called Hazel English a couple of months ago. She developed an online solution similar to what you are looking for including the learning and study skills aspects. The bits i saw looked great. Drop her a line [email protected]

    Best of luck
    [email protected]

  3. Learning to learn
    Drop me an email and I’ll send you some materials.
    (Apologies to others – I can’t make this available to all)

  4. Try these free downloads

    I have kept a hand written learning log since February 1987, a million words on the same format of 1165 A4 sheets and it’s still going strong.

    Largely as a result of this experience I have developed a lot of material that may help.

    For instance, an article on 8 learning skills, and 100 things I have learned about learning and learners.

    In addition, I have run many ‘learning to learn’ type events, and will be happy to share what I have learned (sic), with you.

    Have a look at the lifelong learning page of my website:
    for the downloads.

    All the best.



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