Information age impacts learning processes

The recent past dictates that your innate and acquired knowledge combined makes you distinctive from your peers. However, the emergence of information age and knowledge economy challenge this pole of argument. It is no longer enough to simply know things around you more than your peers. How quick you learn and apply that which you have learnt sets you apart. In the main, this is characterised by the speed at which the information reach us and the promptness of our actions towards information around us.

The speed at which we access information unlike in the past creates a sort of new set of knowledge system. It is no longer enough to just access information ahead of your peers, you also need to make use of that information ahead of them. In bottleneck design, we talk about ‘order qualifiers’ and ‘order winners’. In this case an order qualifier is quick access to information and order winner is quick application of that information.

This reality requires some answers, especially with regard to the amount of time learners spend in their class rooms. Thus the amount of time required for homework in this day and age when parents are also faced with high office demands. I am not by any chance promoting high office concentration; I’m merely bringing to light a view regarding the flexibility and adaptability of our education system.

My introductory remarks could somehow be misconstrued, but education is arguably not what happens in the class room. What happens in the class room is only a fraction of processes of learning. I say processes because education is not an event; it is rather a life long commitment to learning and applying – thus an interactive process.

Lastly, this is a note to myself. It is not enough that I intend to read 52 books in 2017 – now on book number seven. It is not enough that I read 30 books in 2016. It is not enough that I will complete my Master of Engineering in Technology Management with the University of Pretoria in 2017. It is not enough that I will enroll for PhD in Innovation Management in 2018. In fact, it could be a waste of time and efforts if I don’t apply the knowledge acquired quick enough.

Takalani Foundation Team



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