The Dynamic Learning Effect
Published 14 September, 2018
For as long as I can remember I have relied on the experiences of others to help me learn and make decisions. It has always been a "best practice" of mine. I have found that the fastest, most effective, and risk-conscious way for me to make decisions has been to engage in dialogue and/or debate with someone who has made decisions based on similar circumstances before me.
That being said, I am a learner that requires an amount of intellectual stimulation not commonly found in a text book, on a website, or even in a classroom (elementary through college). I grew up in a small town in Northwest Georgia surrounded by academics and educators who were always baffled by my studying techniques.
Static learning never worked well for me; it doesn’t change, it is not ultimately engaging, it requires you to read a word followed by the definition, and then eventually, regurgitate that exact same information. I needed something else, something that added variables and was engaging *cue my studying habits*. In our small-town home we had a dial-up Internet PC in the corner of our kitchen, as many families did, where my brother and I completed our homework and, of course, used AIM (my screen name was CT80football for those of you who were wondering). My mom loves to tell people how I would bounce a tennis ball off the wall while reciting my vocabulary words and listening to music. It wasn’t that I was bored, it was that I needed variables to get me through my static homework assignments. Almost like I needed more obstacles to help channel my focus.
Now I realize I was looking for a more dynamic learning experience.
Dynamic learning is learning characterized by constant change, activity, and progress.
To me, the main difference between Static and Dynamic learning is what you are able to do with it. I view the output of static learning as re-creation, repetition, or regurgitation while dynamic learning outputs are iterative and innovative.
I practiced these habits before I ever thought of the difference or began to describe them, and I still use them daily. That is why working at GXG appealed to me so much. What other opportunity did I have to immerse myself alongside operators of the most successful and visible companies in the world, and learn from practitioners and experts who had been there and done that (wherever there is and whatever that is)? For example, in my role at GXG I facilitate advisory board meetings for stakeholders in various industries spanning initiatives from traditional operational transformation to technical implementations like RPA. My job is to ensure the experience in the room helps the client bridge their gap between strategy and execution through practical application of our expert’s knowledge in a dynamic and collaborative environment.
Both concepts of static and dynamic learning have immense influence in our lives and both have their rightful place when it comes to education, content sharing, and the progression of our economy and marketplaces today. Personally, when I have an important decision to make, an initiative to drive, or I need a reliable source to help me learn and build upon all of our collective knowledge sets, I choose the dynamic approach.