Catalyzing Workplace Learning Circles - DIY
Who is it for
Wiztango is a digital platform for Publishers, Authors, Enterprises and other Content Originators to enable learning circles.
The Lifelong Learning Council aims to help people of all ages develop a habit of continual learning for a more purposeful and productive life. We hope to inspire a society that embraces lifelong learning as a way of life.
LearnSG Seed Fund – a $3 million fund set aside for 1 year – aims to grow community-led learning initiatives. We are looking for ideas that:
Build and promote lifelong learning culture
Impart and encourage work and life skills learning
Benefit the community and Singapore
No idea is too big or too small. Get funding for up to 90% of project costs, capped at $50,000 (whichever is lower).
So, get together with your friends, neighbours or community and bring your learning ideas to life.
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Multiple studies over the past few years have shown that the workplace can be a really effective, if not the most effective, place to learn. The learning which happens through work and for work (or what we term Learning at Work) is much more effective than learning outside of work. But are we effectively enabling and sustaining effective learning in our organization?
“Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers – a prize for the best Halloween costume, grades in school, gold stars – and on up through the university. On the job, people, teams, and divisions are ranked, reward for the top, punishment for bottom. Management by Objectives, quotas, incentive pay, business plans, put together separately, division by division, cause further loss, unknown and unknowable.” – Dr. W. Edward Deming
In other words, “the prevailing system of management is dedicated to mediocrity. It forces people to work harder and harder to compensate for failing to tap the spirit and collective intelligence that characterizes working together at their best.” – Peter Senge, Author, The Fifth Discipline
This learning circle equips you with the knowledge and skill to create an informal learning environment to promote the curiosity to learn and the joy in learning whilst maximizing collective intelligence. It benefits your understanding of the art and practice of making your organization one that enables and nurtures learning.
* credited to The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization a book by Peter Senge
Identify the “Learning Disabilities*” within your context
Recognize the “Laws of The Fifth Discipline*”
Self-contextualize the Learning Circle value proposition
Putting in place a road map for in-house implementation
Initiate the Workplace Learning Circles DIY process
1. Self motivation to implement a DIY approach
2. Driven to create a dynamic learning environment that is by the employees with the employees
Prepare a set of KPIs for initiating learning at the workplace. To be used in house.
Implement road map for initiating workplace learning circles
Topics and agenda
1. A warm welcomeOn boarding | 10 Minutes
Covers navigation, settings, mobile access, house rules and other relevant highlights
To acclimate to a digital, asynchronous and collaborative learning environment
2. BackgroundLearning Hack | 20 Minutes
Receive information and initiate research from multiple perspectives
To gain clarity on the background
3. Setting the contextIce break | 15 Minutes
Taking the opportunity to get to know each other and share thoughts related to learning at the workplace.
To effectively set the context and clearly state our motivation
4. Solution-ingExploration | 30 Minutes
5. DIY PracticeGetting Started | 15 Minutes
Explore and practice learning methodologies
To take steps in getting started
6. DIY inhouseCollaboration | 10 Minutes
Explore options for getting started at the enterprise
To select best approach (s)
7. Implementation strategiesGroup Discussion | 20 Minutes
Discuss strategies for in house implementation
To outline strategies for initiation and sustaining
8. Leveraging Singapore Learning CirclesOrganizing | 30 Minutes
Selecting and inviting locally facilitated learning circles
To introduce learning circles in house
9. Seed FundingInformation sharing | 20 Minutes
Tap into the seed fund established for community-led learning
To clarify the funding process and getting started
10. Review & ReflectionSummarizing | 15 Minutes
Two pertinent questions "What did I learn ?" and "what more do I need to know?"
To review, reflect, share, respond, question, contribute, appreciate..
CEO, Entrepreneur, Chief Architect Learning Circles
PJ is the Chief Architect of Learning Circles and creator of Wiztango.com a Digital Facilitation Technology Platform for Content Originators. He is an American with a global background as an entrepreneur in technology and education management.
In 2002, he founded and for fourteen years successfully managed an in-residence corporate university for Japanese employees of Hitachi Corp, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Yokogawa, Panasonic and 30 global Japanese corporations. The Singapore-based company achieved $8.9M revenue at its peak and had 1,000 Japanese graduates from 25 global-skill development programs.
In the past 25 years, PJ has had pioneering leadership roles in the digital transformation of multiple industries including Pre-Press (Israeli-based Scitex Corp), Photography (Boston-based Leaf Technologies), Printing (Dutch-based Indigo Corp) and Advertising (Boston-based Engage Technologies)
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We are supported by the Lifelong Learning Council and Skills Future Singapore to pilot 'Singapore Learning Circles' a national initiative on community based learning featuring 'by the community with the community.'
We collaborate with practitioners from all backgrounds to play an active role in shaping the culture of lifelong learning in Singapore!
As part of the initiative, we assist practitioners to create a digitally-blended learning experience through learning circles.