Learning vs Training

I observe something amazing when I looked at my posts in this blog in the last 12 months.  There are a few posts which I wrote about learning rather than training.  The post about the ’70/20/10′ principle is an example.

In case you are not aware, there is big difference between being in the learning and the training business.   From the perspective of the  ’70/20/10′ principle, if you are in the training business, it is about only the ‘10%’.   If you are in the learning business, it is about the ‘100%’.   In other words, other than conducting training courses, you will run projects about stretched assignment (an example of the 70%) or maintain a mentoring program (an example of the 20%).

When I left my front line job 4 years ago, I thought my new job is basically about standing up in the classrooms where I would talk and make them do things.    And I love conducting classes.   I love the interaction with the learners.   I love the environment of focusing on doing just 1 thing in the classroom.   I love facilitating group process, in particular, the intellectual challenges of keeping the group towards the objectives.

In a sense, training involves tasks of very different nature than learning does.

Yet, going back to the observation about what I wrote recently….   I am now thinking more and more from the ‘learning’ perspective, though I am still particularly energized when I stand in front of the learners.   Interesting shift….

Related previous posts

How much does training matter?

How much does training matter?  (Cont’d)

3 Replies to “Learning vs Training”

  1. the 70/20/10 rule is quickly acknowledged, even not so many people questioning the this reserach by Lominger, simply it is so ture the experience that people share.

    People can’t be taught untill they learn. the triger of learning is to take a developmental challenge, a real job, an assignment.

    So make course a challenging assignment is a good way to encorage learning.

  2. Appreciate your sharing, David! Yes, that’s why we claim ourselves to be “Learning & Development” professional rather than “Training & Development” professional – the 1st one is learner-focused while the latter is trainer-focused.

    While (it’s sad truth that) not every trainer truly understand the nuances between two, (interestingly)every learner can tell whether a trainer is focused on his/her “training” job or focused on their “learning” effectiveness!

    Your company is blessed to have a great trainer like you! 🙂

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