Week #7 Reflection

Applying concepts and processes of HPT/HPI in everyday life

One of the things I like about systems like HPT/HPI is that they provide a formalized model and process for evaluating what is present, discovering what is lacking, assessing options, implementing change, and then re-evaluating the results.

In some cases, a lack of productivity in the workplace can be the result of essential pieces of an HPI system not being present or clear. For example, it has been my experience that we don’t always clearly communicate what our desired outcomes or objectives are. It is very challenging to be productive if we don’t know what we are trying to accomplish. If an outcome or objective is not simple and clear — then I would bet that there will be trouble found during our pursuit of success.

Wouldn’t it be great if we shared a common language and approach to working on projects? If we all knew how to utilize a system like HPT model of the International Society for Performance Improvement then we might be able to trouble shoot and resolve challenges experienced while completing every day tasks and collaborative work.

I think that this system does have an application in an educational setting. Learning objectives and outcomes really are not that different from the types of objectives and outcomes we are given in our professional lives. If students knew how to utilize an HPT system then they could theoretically figure out what was lacking in their existing knowledge and abilities, seek out the necessary new knowledge or skills, train, and re-evaluate their abilities. Younger learners might need the assistance of a teacher or mentor — but once the system was learned, it could easily be re-applied in many different contexts.

What added value might podcasting have in your professional setting (company, school, etc.)?

I think that podcasting is a trendy technology. For the most part, people have found value in entertainment applications of podcasting. Yet, educational, professional development, and collaboration might be well suited to the podcasting medium. My mother in law recently purchased her first iPod — one of the models that supports video. She was delighted to learn that she could download cooking podcasts, documentaries about the beatles, and yoga exercises. She demonstrates some characteristics of a visual learner — so maybe the podcasts suit her well.

For me, I tend to prefer text based materials that are supplemented with graphics, animations, and videos where necessary. I find podcasts to be a little frustrating because I can’t easily notate or bookmark them. It is also not possible to use a search engine to locate tidbits of information I found valuable. Hence, on my personal blog, when I do link to a podcast or video, I tend to provide a textual description of why I found the video to be valuable. So, that at a later date I can easily search for and find media samples to share with others.

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