The following was sent to me and I have to admit I was blown away by the sheer simplicity and yet the power of this situation. It was both a powerful learning experience for me and has forced me to concentrate yet again on what I call "contextual, small world learning".
Doctor performs amputation via mobile phone: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/04/2437289.htm
What a fantastic example of just-in-time; just-enough performance support! Talk about informal learning!
The thing that strikes me about this is that much I am sure was learned from this situation:
- The context forced the doctor to make a decision that ensured that recall of prior learning was used but also that he needed the support to ensure the task was completed.
- In the doctor's small world, the constraints of his learning environment were laid out before him, but they did not become a barrier.
- Learning the procedure did not become critical. Learning and knowing how to use the support he had available became critical and so on.....
Time for me to think and ponder.....