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Welcome to my blog: What is the difference between modern and ancient learning?

October 19, 2018


From the very beginning of our civilization going back as far as 10,000 BC, children educated themselves through self-directed play and exploration, and after the rise of agriculture, as industry progressed and needs for child labor changed (for example on the family farm), people realized that childhood should be a time for learning. Establishing universal education and schools became the focus, a very modern institution. For hundreds of thousands of years, children taught themselves; Developing their skills and knowledge. We wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t done so; And today we are rediscovering it’s even more important to educate through self-directed play and exploration.

One example of this style of learning is the Montessori education practices. All self-directed. In this concept children choose what they want to learn and work at their own pace.

We see colleges are starting to work on this concept as well. More independent study courses versus traditional lecture. When is the last time you looked up how to do something or asked your virtual assistant on your phone a “who, what, when, where, why or how” question?

People who play and explore are more flexible and mold-able than traditional college students.

Employers are realizing they need people who are explorers and intrapreneurs with the fast pace of change. They need people who are continually learning new skills and knowledge to fill skill gaps that rapidly arise.

So, this ancient style of learning is still here – learn through play and exploration. One way you can offer more to your people is through E-Learning – incorporating exploration (and play) through smart design and development, giving them the skills and knowledge when they need it, to propel forward.

This is where I come in.

What I bring to you are like the facets of a gem; Seeing things from different angles with my varied background in marketing and sales, service, learning and organizational development, leadership and standardization in industries like healthcare, education, manufacturing and service. As a result of this experience, I ask the deeper questions as if I’m in your learner’s shoes.

Whether you need an instructional designer for blended learning, web based, online or other options, I can help Mastermind learning strategies, design systems and programs, standardize with procedures and processes or even create a learning portal to take your training online.

I use tools like Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, Adobe Creative Suite and partner with others to bring you more engaging learning experiences, so your employees grow with you.

Please check my PORTFOLIO to see project samples and learn more.

For more depth on the history of education, read this article.

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Cindy Walker

Cindy Walker is the principal prodigy behind Mastermind One80, guiding the integral strings of instructional design, learning and development, technical writing, and design thinking for businesses of any shape and size.