This article introduces a methodology for employees in organizations to set up and carry out their own group learning projects. It is argued that employees can use project-based learning to make their everyday learning more systematic at times, without necessarily formalizing it. The article emphasizes the specific characteristics that distinguish learning projects from other projects: a focus on the learner rather than the leader, on execution rather than planning, on continuation rather than output, on diversity rather than optimal-solution thinking. Three phases in the creation of a learning project are described: orientation, learning and optimizing, and continuation. Four ideal types of learning project are distinguished: a liberal-contractual, vertical-regulated, horizontal-organic, and external-collegiate type. The various phases and types can be used by employees (plus managers and educators) to create learning projects that fit their specific work situation.
|Journal||The Journal of Workplace Learning|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|