I came across this New Model for Higher Education created through Organizational Learning Contract.
I will need to peruse the book so as to better understand how it works. It sounds useful for preparing students for careers and organization work. Does it differ from the e-portfolio learning approach?
However, the use of Learning Contract – that may just be a variation of the Training Plan, has been in use in the Logistics discipline, here in Australia, for more than a decade. It seems to be a fairly common tool in place in vocational education and training, especially in the on-the-job training and mentoring programs.
We have been practising such a vocational and education training model of “learning contract” for years, especially in the Distribution Centre Training where trainees could learn where, when, how, what and who they would like to have the training be done, and also addressing the why the training too. Here the trainees could exercise full control over their learning, especially relating to the skills required to accomplish the tasks and project required at work. Normally a learning team is formed, that is between the trainees, the trainee’s supervisor, and the trainer and assessor, in order to provide necessary support.
Could this be used in the Face-to-face teaching and training environment? Yes, but so far, learning contract could not be easily adapted as there are constraints as to how training is to be conducted in a classroom or workshop environment. For part-time trainees attending face-to-face classroom based sessions, the trainees could develop learning contracts at work, which would then form the basis of assessment evidence of competency.
Could this be used in the distance and online education environment? Yes, for sure. This would surely be useful in developing a structured, though flexible learning program based on the learner’s needs, especially when such program is supported by Mentoring support with facilitator and peer learners.
How about learning contract in MOOC? I think I have addressed this in my previous post here and here, relating to my views on the design and delivery of MOOC, and how learning could be achieved and assessed. Organisational Learning contract may only work if it relates back to the learning at work, within an organisational setting.
As week 4th topic is on Connective Knowledge, Collective Learning, would organisational learning contract be a viable means to structure the learning?
Have you used organisational learning contract in your education, training and learning? How effective is such a tool? How does it compare to e-portfolio and PLE/PLN in the development of learning plan?