Thursday, December 31, 2009

About Time

At last count, there were seven P’s of marketing. It started with four; the fifth that was added was Pace.


A Google search on rapid e-learning threw up almost six million results; a similar one for micro learning returned close to 32 million.


A recent topic of interest in the learning discipline again is agile learning, where one of the objectives, predictably enough, is faster design solutions.


The logically sound but difficult (nearly impossible) to measure Baker’s basic ergonomic equation goes: Likelihood of success = Motivation / (Physical Effort + Cognitive Effort + Linguistic Effort + Time Needed), the last being the only reasonably measurable dimension.


There was a media story yesterday on how the Medical Council of India is planning to introduce a medical degree for rural students – a degree that can be obtained in 3.5 years, as opposed to the minimum of 5 years that a normal medical degree would take.


Do we really have no time to stand and stare?


And then comes this consoling counterpoint from the world of fiction, from Henning Mankell, the author of the Kurt Wallander series. One of Wallander’s first lessons comes from Detective Inspector Hemberg.


“Take your time,” Hemberg said. “If only you are to make a good detective you have to learn to think methodically, and it is often the same thing as thinking slowly.”


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