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October 28, 2010

A Reflection On CBE

I really enjoyed the module - from the Vineet Nayar podcast to the module evaluations, I always felt challenged and interested to know more. This is the first time in a long time I've really felt like this, at least for such an extended period of time. It HAS to be to do with the learning and class environment, which is so utterly different to most of the rest of my education. I wonder if others have found this to be the case too?

Speaking of Vineet Nayar, I was tidying up all my materials from the course, and decided to replay the podcast. If you havn't listened to it since the first day, please do. You won't learn anything new - but it's a nice reminder. Then, go here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/business/14cornerweb.html?_r=1I felt inspired to know more about HCL Technologies and Mr. Nayar, and this transcribed interview (linked from the HCL homepage) is fantastic!

I get the feeling that we're all very much still in the 'learning how to learn' stage, and I'm sure we all will be for a while (maybe forever...). I'm enjoying it, but looking forward to the point where it becomes second nature. For example, I'd like to be able to create a reference without feeling the need to check it using the APA format page (although, what a great learning tool!) - it sort of gets in the way of the learning process a bit. I could say similar things about finding journal articles or the critical thinking process. Practice will inevitably make perfect in this case, and being able to automatically apply what we learn through PMA's and projects to real-life situations in a year's time could have huge effects on the path of our careers.

On the subject of becoming unconsciously competent at things, whenever class discussion turned to this, I couldn't help sniggering and thinking of that old Donald Rumsfeld quote. At the time it came out, I thought it was hilarious and somewhat stupid, I didn't gain a true appreciation of it till last week, but what a way to summarize! Here it is:

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."

Anyway, a final thought - CBE, and perhaps MBE altogether (although it's early to tell) is in my opinion, EFQM Excellence principles applied to the classroom. Graeme (Knowles) alluded to this during my group's presentation on Organisational Learning last week. Effectively, our tutors are CEO's, and we ARE their Learning Organisation. Continuously self-assessing, learning from mistakes to improve ourselves and thus our results, all in a process lead by our seniors, but relying on our willingness to partake, all within an atmosphere of curiosity, trust (assessing our own projects) and forgiveness (when we make a mess of a task, as MBE-A did with the comparison of excellence models). Looking back, it's hitting home just how much of that was going on. I look forward to a day when it's my turn to put this into practice.


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