Social media proliferation, mobile applications and wireless accessibility have dramatically influenced how informal learning is taking place. The question is, are you someone who is embracing all of the relevant learning fragments available to you? If you frequently turn to social media and other online sources for answers, then you are what we call a Mutant Learner.

Your learning should be mutating and adapting. However, in previous eras, evolution was slow and mutations took time to develop. In this new age of instant information, learning mutations are occurring faster and faster.

Mutant Learners are those among us who use technology and online tools to constantly learn, initiate, wander and create.

Being a Mutant Learner does not come without its challenges. To be an effective Mutant Learner and survive the deluge of information available at your fingertips, you must have a system, a process and a daily ritual that will provide structure and focus to you – this is your unique Mutant Learning Lab.

An ideal Mutant Learning Lab is simple, relevant and accessible. It requires you to be connected to the right people and networks and to block out dedicated lab time to scan, review and study relevant learning fragments. Most of all, a Mutant Learner must not only consume information but contribute their perspective and knowledge to the online mutant community. This is how learning in the mutant age is occurring and how it will continue to grow.

Mutant Learners are rapidly adapting, evolving and changing to effectively harness today’s explosion of learning. They are actively looking for new information and, even more importantly, contributing and sharing their knowledge with the rest of the world. These individuals are collaborative innovators and the thought leaders of the future.

To survive in today’s constantly progressing world of knowledge, you need to embrace your inner mutant.

To learn how Mutant Learning occurs, you need to understand the Five Links of Mutant Learning – see next week’s blog post to learn more.

(Adapted from the previously published white paper, “Mutant Learning: How to Develop a Social Learning Lab.”)

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