The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario published some research into how people learn new technology skills. Learners can be grouped into six categories:
“Purposive planners”? ”“ People who plan in advance with careful attention to detail;
“Explorers”? ”“ Those who learn on their own by delving into new areas;
“Visionaries”? ”“ People who think about what new technology could do for themselves and their organizations;
“Problem solvers”? ”“ Those with a task-oriented mindset who learn about technology merely to master workplace tasks;
“Reluctant learners”? ”“ People who don”™t see the value of technology and learn only what they need to survive at work;
“Pinballs”? ”“ Those who pick up a variety of knowledge often through incidental learning.
When I look at these categories, I actually play in all of them. I know, I know. Can I really be a reluctant learner? Someone who does not see the value of technology and learn only what they need to survive at work? Don’t be concerned. This only happens when I am on a Windows machine.
More details about the study can be found here.