Learning: Changing Orgs at the Micro Level

As I begin a new semester as a part-time instructor for my Alma Mater, Ithaca College, I think back about my time there as an Ithaca Collegeundergraduate.

I earned a communications degree studying Organizational Communication, Learning & Design (OCLD). I loved my classes from the beginning. How organizations change, grow and work effectively intrigued me. Discussions about how communication and design can impact on an organization made me giddy.

imagesBut more specifically, I loved (and still do) learning about how individual learning can have a significant impact. Not only is the individual impacted by learning, but their organizations are affected as well. When an employee decides to better themselves by learning a new tool or soft skill, the effort they put into it eventually goes back into the organization. Achievement on the individual level should be considered a win for the organization.

Learning on the micro-level (learning by the individual) can impact an organization on the macro-level.

And for this reason I concentrated in Instructional Design.

As an instructional designer, I believe that if a single person wants to learn a new tool or skill, they should be able to do so, and should be supported by their organization. Therefore, it’s my initiative to host weekly “Coffee Talks” even if only one person RSVPs. I’ll even prepare for and be available during the sessions when no one RSVPs, just in case someone decides to attend my learning sessions on a whim.


About Julie Tausend Burba

Instructional Designer at Hulu, Ed Tech and Project Management enthusiast. MBA Technology Management, MS Management, BS Communications, Traveler and Cook.

Posted on August 26, 2013, in Communication, Instructional Design, Tausend Talks Shop and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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