In my last post, I answered a question about on-demand learning. I recently had a need for some on-demand learning outside of work myself. An online community that I belong to decided to put together a magazine. The call went out for writers, artists and photographers to submit their work and for copyeditors to help put the magazine together.
With no works to submit, but still wanting to contribute, I signed up to be a volunteer copyeditor. I am a good writer and editor, and I figured it would be an easy way to be a part of this interesting idea. A few weeks later, I received an email for the magazine’s volunteer editor talking about “slugs,” “AP format” and “running wicked fat on copy.” As I read that email, it dawned on me that I had no idea what a copyeditor actually does.
The Big Question for May on ASTD’s The Learning Circuits blog asks about on-demand learning:
How do we need to change in what we do in order to address learning/performance needs that are on-demand?
It seems to me that there are two types of “on-demand”: the demand of the learning (i.e., “just-in-time” training) and the demand of the manager or SME.