Posts made by Irwin DeVries

Hi everyone--great to see such a lively discussion on an important topic such as copyright. My name is Irwin DeVries and I operate the provincial certification program for Certified Management Accountants in BC, Canada using online, classroom and hybrid approaches. One area that has grown for us is the use of online resources provided (and owned) by textbook publishers. It takes a lot of time and money to develop some of these materials so I don't object to the authors and publishers making a reasonable income off them--we all benefit from this arrangement. For example, we churn through hundreds if not thousands of practice exam questions every year. Better to "rent" than own them since we need to keep changing them anyways.

Re the Kineo piece. It's good to be reminded of the power of the "informal" learning processes that occur in the workplace, and I see this point as a strength of the article. To extend its discussion, I also believe we need to be aware that in the "knowledge-based" workplace the line between informal learning and individual or collaborative problem solving blurs very quickly. In fact I would have a hard time explaining the difference. In my admittedly informal observations, much of the information seeking, learning or problem solving in the workplace appears to be an intrinsic part of the job. In this context, it is not as though there is a clear-cut job with a quantifiable knowledge deficit as per earlier models of "training needs analysis." While for certain routine tasks it is helpful to pool information or otherwise manage knowledge sharing, many jobs are more open ended and consist largely in problem solving where no clear-cut answers exist. People in the knowledge industry to some extent create their jobs as they go. More of the effort in this case needs to be on encouraging the skills of open ended and continuous problem solving rather than on filling knowledge gaps in a certain domain, although the latter should not be neglected where necessary either. So to summarize, I think the Kineo paper is touching on something important, which deserves further consideration.

Hi Derek,
My reply is late but I just joined the community! I think your diagram has some valuable insights and is a refreshing example of an alternative to the tired and overdue-for-retirement Bloom's taxonomy, which continues to haunt the halls of learning. We need to continue to find new and meaningful ways to describe levels of learning engagement and accomplishment.