But the single most important thing I learned in 2011 is the positive impact of integration.
INTEGRATION is a powerful word. Integration means to bring together. It is an act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole.
At both a personal and professional level, there have been integration of various kinds. At a personal level, my partner and I integrated all our thoughts, efforts and resources towards our common goal. At a professional level, I have been able to integrate into unrestricted and equal association with my organization. At a social level, we are trying to integrate with the new country and community.
Just as for me, I think the term INTEGRATION had a deeper meaning for the learning industry this year.
- Workplaces and teams are being integrated to ensure collaborative learning and seamless knowledge sharing and transfer.
- Learning technologies are being integrated to offer better learning opportunities and blended learning models are not exceptions anymore.
- There is a growing acceptance of the idea that the intellectual, social and emotional needs of a learner need to be integrated when designing learning.
- The L&D teams are better integrated with the organization goals and objectives, which allows them to offer more meaningful training interventions.
- There is more focus on integrating learning and training with the work processes and the boundaries between formal learning and informal learning are slowly disappearing.
- Social learning and Web2.0 tools are being integrated with workplaces, higher-education institutions and schools. This integration is both promoted and supported around the world.
In this New Year, I hope to see more integrated approaches to designing, developing and delivering training where theories and techniques are integrated, tools and technologies are integrated and intellectual and social needs are integrated.