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  • Writer's pictureSue Skavlem

What Should I Know About Sources & Skill Sets?

Updated: Sep 22, 2021


During my college education (after a 4-year internship), I was about 5 years older than more traditional students and made friends with teachers and TAs. I asked them what the biggest shift they saw in teaching was in the last 10 years and was surprised at the answer:

We don’t teach people just facts or general info any longer, we teach them how to find information, sift through good sources and bad, and how to take it apart and put it together with other info.

I was blown away by this. It made so much sense after working in an internship and then digging deeper into the new way of learning.

Many of my coworkers 10-20 years older acted like I should figure things out on my own, and responded negatively when I asked them for information before starting a project.

On the other hand, they didn’t know about advanced Google search or how to tell if a source was real, suspect, satire, or spam.

I hadn’t realized that this was a generational difference based on how we were learning.

One way is internal. Based entirely on your personal knowledge, experience, and skill level. And the other is community/ co-learning – based on finding external knowledge and parsing the bits that work for you and your project.

Cultivating good sources of where to find knowledge and developing skill sets are equally important. Recognizing the shift in how our generations learn helps us communicate to more than our own generation.

(AND to market our business better.)

Skill Sets = Internal Knowledge + Experience Sources = External Reliable Knowledge Base built by multiple experts or peer-reviewed

Found via @DigitalSynopsis on Instagram
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Sue from Skavlem Designs

When I make a design, I think – What can this do?

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