Many companies are starting to implement learning culture as part of the digital transformation. With the Industry 4.0 emerging, many companies are moving towards digital transformation, and it’s not easy for the employees to settle in with this change. There are a number of uncertainties that would create anxiety for the employees such as the automation takeover. But many companies are still implementing the classic classroom learning where it’s more of a mandatory activity rather than a voluntary one.
Contextual learning is a learning system that is connecting the academic content with the real world context. A real example of contextual learning would be the learning system in SALAM Yogyakarta (Sanggar Anak Alam). They are using contextual learning on their students. The school doesn’t have the standard curriculum given by the government, instead they are using their own curriculum. The way the students study is also different, they don’t study from books but they try to study by understanding scientific concepts and theory such as friction, buoyancy and many more through seeing and experiencing those concepts and theory. What the students learn isn’t guided by curriculum like the usual school, but instead on what they find interesting to study that day. (continue here or next paragraph)
The purpose of contextual learning is in order for students/learners to understand the purpose of learning. So they will know what they need to learn in the future, in this case a work environment, and be adaptive towards uncertain change. Contextual learning doesn’t demand the teacher to teach the students/learners about the subject but becomes more of a facilitator if they have questions. In the workplace contextual learning can be carried out by individuals, and if they have questions they can refer to someone who is more experienced in that subject.
The benefits of implementing contextual learning in your work environment are hands on learning which you can combine theory and real world actions, an experience-based learning that would be at the back of their head, and more productive and enhancing concepts to the students/learners. (continue this plz)
Being adaptive in this digital age means that you need to be able to absorb information quickly and implement them in a short period of time too. With the ever-changing work environment, classroom learning is old-school and is not effective today. Contextual learning can be done by an individual’s own initiatives and could grow into creating a learning culture in the department or company. Contextual learning has a great benefit on you, as the one who takes the initiative, and the company in order to be adaptive as a whole by creating a learning culture.