Talent development is one of the basic foundations and challenges to gain a competitive advantage in an ever-changing market. New findings within the field of cognitive learning theory show that current tools and methods actually work. Especially when they are combined in order to build a learning environment they become really effective. The keys to building effective integrated learning in practice with current tools and methods are to Observe human experiences (Looking), to Analyze challenges and opportunities (Understanding), and to Envision future possibilities (Making).
Integrated Learning in Practice in a Design thinking mode
Scenario-based learning is here a workable method; including developing critical thinking skills. Professor Philip C. Abrami and his colleagues have reviewed 341 research studies that evaluated the impact of various instructional approaches on critical thinking skills. In the conclusion of the best outcomes, three main concepts appeared: 1. Authentic work scenarios, 2. Opportunity for dialogue oral or written, 3. Mentoring in combination with problem-solving and discussions. The outcome is talent/skills development and collaborative learning in a highly motivating learning environment.
Modern versus traditional Learning Design
The traditional method is using a divided-task-approach. Where the learner is learning short procedures and the surrounding knowledge around them. This is highly inspired by the Industrial society’s work-method with labour-division. As the modern scenario-based method is directed on the whole work-process and the environment that surrounds it. However, even if the latter is more adapted to the digital age. The former still could have a great impact on especially training novice learners. But the main demand from the labour market is mostly directed on modern learning design.