AD-HOC Learning – Acquiring Skills on Demand
The fast-paced economy requires increased flexibility not only from companies but also from their employees. Consequently, learning has become an integral part of daily work. Or stated differently:
Learning is a new form of work. But learning at the workplace is fundamentally different from “school learning” as we know it. Generally seen as a conscious process, learning at the workplace is rather unconscious: people want to acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary to accomplish work tasks quickly and effectively. Most of the time they have no time for and are not interested in the underlying principles and available theories as long as they can get their task done.
The AD-HOC approach bridges the gap between everyday work and learning situations. It integrates training into the work processes by offering various resources to learn from each step. AD-HOC uses the
work processes as a navigation aide to link work, knowledge, and learning resources task-specifically together. In doing so, AD-HOC helps to reduce the search space for work aides and at the same time provides further information when it is needed.
In order to implement the AD-HOC approach within an organization, a flexible and versatile technical platform is needed. Hyperwave provides an integrated knowledge management platform which supports the document management needs of the work space, the collaboration infrastructure of the knowledge space, and the didactical needs of the learning space. It is crucial that these three spaces can be implemented on one technical platform in order to help overcome the cognitive and structural divisions between them.
This White Paper presents the AD-HOC approach and how it works in practice. A case study shows how AD-HOC was implemented on Hyperwave’