By Scott Oliver
The pace of business demands people learn on the fly as they accomplish their day to day business goals. Learning just what you need, when you need it, and often wherever you are located and in the format you prefer is rapidly becoming the norm.
Fortunately, educational materials covering seemingly every subject imaginable in a wide range of formats are at your fingertips and just a search away. In fact, the Internet presents literally an endless and ever expanding sea of learning materials. These days, even leading edge subjects rapidly accumulate a body of knowledge around them.
No matter your question, simply open your browser, perform a search, and you will have hundreds, if not thousands of resources at your fingertips. Sometimes this is where effective learning begins …but… often this can also be where the real frustration sets in.
You see, too often many of the resources returned by a search are not even close to what you need. Not all resources are tagged in a consistent manner or with the appropriate information needed to align them with your specific need. And commercial search engines have a wide variety of mechanisms constantly being adjusted in order to not only get you the right information you need, but to also align you with companies looking to advertise their products and services.
In fact, it is not unusual to have some websites simply create a phrase from your exact search terms and present it back to you in hopes that you will click through to their website. And if you only have 15 minutes—a 2-hour course or a 200-page book simply will not be helpful. The quality and accuracy of the information you find also needs to be carefully researched to make sure that the source is providing accurate information.