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The Meta-Learning Lab is dedicated to increasing people's capacity to learn, improving the performance of individuals and organizations.

Overview

White Paper: The Value of Learning About Learning

It's an open secret that learning has become the ultimate competitive advantage in our dynamic, knowledge-based society. If you're going to make a go at this, you need to understand the elements that build and perpetuate a learning-to-learn culture.

Here's a summary of our presentation to eLearning Forum in March 2002.

Applied Meta Learning - Improving Individual and Organizational Capability
Placeware, Streaming A/V, Saba's Human Capital Live! Series

What's the new horizon for organizational competitiveness? Is there benefit to be found in optimizing individual learning ability? The Meta-Learning Lab explores how applied meta-learning can create a critical shift in learning abilities for individuals, organizations, and society. Research shows that incorporating meta-cognitive practices in content and assessment can improve learner engagement and achievement, and can significantly improve organizational capability.

Learning Technology, a publication of the IEEE Computer Society Learning Technology Task Force (LTTF)

In this information era, the ability to 'learn to learn' is emerging as acritical factor for individual and organizational success.  In business settings, innovation is considered one of the key elements of competitive advantage.  Book titles such as ‘he who fails fastest, wins', and ‘the learning organization' suggest the necessity of experimentation.  An important point is to learn from the experimentation. Of course, business are not the only organizations where learning to learn is important, from educational institutions, through not-for-profit organizations, to governments.

At the Meta-Learning Lab ( http://www.meta-learninglab.com ), we suggest investment in more effective learning has a payoff across the organization and the individual.  We're a group of practitioners who have come together because of our shared interest in learning to learn.  One of my primary interests is how technology can play a role in meta-learning.

Learning technology has potential to support meta-learning.  As elearning is touted as a component in successful learning initiatives, so we may want to look to technology as a component of learning to learn.  In doing so, we must naturally consider the technologies available, but primarily we need to consider just what meta-learning consists of and what can it be.

Beliefs

Everyone has the capacity to learn but most people can do a much better job of it. Learning is a skill one can improve. Learning how to learn is a key to its mastery.

Learning is the primary determinant of personal and professional success in our ever-changing knowledge age. People and organizations that strive to succeed had better get good at it. Our goal is to help them.

The Meta-Learning Lab focuses on the process of learning - helping individuals learn how to learn and groups how to create optimal learning environments.

News

New Dimensions has released a CD of an interview with Claudia L'Amoreaux on Loving and Learning Conversations. "Our hi-tech society is built around models for a one-way exchange of information. We listen to the radio, watch the television, and often our children sit silent in a classroom where a teacher delivers a lecture. It seems we've lost the art of meaningful conversation as a heartfelt exchange of understanding between individuals. It has affected our sense of well-being, our connection to our life's path, and our readiness to share our traditional stories and wisdom."

In late January 2005, a documentary film crew show interviews with the Meta-Learning Lab in preparation for a television program and book on meta-learning.

Inspirations

"The best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people and not in classrooms." Charles Handy

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."H.G. Wells

"The world we have made as a result of the level of the thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level (of consciousness) at which we have created them. . .We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive."Albert Einstein

"Never underestimate the power of a small but committed group of people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"We learn by conversing with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us."Laurie Thomas & Sheila Harrie-Augstein

“It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover.”Poincaré

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