For a blog post I actually responded to Mitch’s post, but for convenience of marking’s sake it is listed here and below:
“Hi Mathew, you remind me of some interesting points about this course.
As a Librarian (i.e. teacher) and a learner at work, I’ve found Socol’s (2008) TEST process occurs subconsiously or explicitly depending on the complexity of the task and if I’m working on my own or with others. For example, I once informally managed a project comprising of 17 people across four university teams for eight months to create a learning module. Its success required the Library to explicitly define the Task, scan the university Environment for people with the correct Skills so that we could invite them to the project, and the identify correct Tools to use. As a learner, I was at one point, consistently told that the Task wasn’t being defined enough by a fellow librarian, and so the feedback and learning improved my communication. Communication and therefore workflows across teams were also assisted by my making sure the Library adopted other teams’ language. In hindsight, the module also allowed for the creation of a small Task-Based-Learning-Group as I ensured that learning for junior staff occurred by giving them new tasks to master which they subsequently transferred to other projects (Rein and Polin, 2004 p 23).
In response to your comments on a shared language and particularly Lauren’s comment about the “real skill and real learning that comes from NGL is more often in the strands between the webs, where two seemingly different concepts come together to form new ideas” – I agree, and the example above demonstrates this. Further, McColgin (2013) states this in a different way by saying that use of other disciplines’ languages translates to the increased likelihood of gaining inspiration in our own workplace. He suggests stepping out of our comfort zones to reach out to others, learning their terminology to understand new work processes and then adapting the process and using the adapted process to make an idea come to life. Doing this however, means people need to overcome barriers of politics, trade secrets and negativity (McColgin, 2013). – Cheers, Samanthi”