4.3 Learning on the job: from books, videos, etc.
A huge amount of information and tutorials are available for free online. YouTube is full of instructional videos on everything from pivot tables to bicycle repair – both of which could be vital! Books and references are available on many important topics in the sector.
Easy for staff – they can learn at their own pace
Easy for staff – they don’t have to admit to a weakness to a manager or colleague
Easy for staff – they are already familiar with the approaches
Cheap or free
Just in time – staff learn when they need to know. Typically, they apply it right away.
Learn what they need to know – they won’t waste time on things they already know. They can skip through a book to the chapter they need.
Can be distracting
Can’t guarantee quality or correctness – people may be learning the wrong thing
Can’t be sure of comprehensiveness – the learner may meet an immediate need, but miss something critical
Generic by nature – unlikely to be adapted for the CARE context, or for the specific challenges
Can be hard to apply to their context – it may be abstract.
Needs a good internet connection or access to books/materials that will often be hard to find.
No guarantee of finding something in the right language for learners.