Learning Assets are the last thing we need

The first of the five principles of the Digital Learning Asset Framework is still a common sticking point for many L&D Professionals.

Because we deal with creating learning assets all the time, we tend to treat them as if they can are solutions to all the problems that come our way. You’re probably familiar with the old expression, which Abraham Maslow rephrased so well: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

We have more tools available to us than just The Course Hammer. This first principle is an acknowledgement of this, and seeks to filter our use of learning assets to the times when they can be effective. When is that?

After all the tools work.

After all the incentives are aligned.

After all the desired actions have been made easy.

After all the less-desired paths have been made hard.

Then it is what you learn that will truly give you an edge
allowing you to adapt faster, grow stronger, create better, and see farther than those around you.

Good learning assets help you get better where you’re weakest.

Great learning assets make you better at what you’re best at.

Learning assets can makeall the difference in the world!

And still…learning assets are the last thing we need.