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Teaching vs. Learning: the use of Unicist Learning Objects

Teaching is the cost of education and learning is the generated value. The use of unicist learning objects diminishes the cost and increases the value of what is being learned. A positive side effect is that learners assume the responsibility to adapt to the environment and not only to the teacher.

The purpose of a learning object is to install an adaptive knowledge object in the mind of the learner. Learning objects build a bridge and integrate theory with practice that allow individuals to use them and recycle them if necessary.

This implies that the learning objects drive the accommodation process to accept new aspects that were not managed before and integrate these new aspects in mind through an assimilation process which requires storing this integration in the long term memory of individuals.

Learning objects are complex adaptive systems that have been designed to drive the learning processes of the learner without needing external support when working within functional learning environments.

A functional learning environment exists when there is a need of a specific knowledge to do something, the necessary capacities of an individual are available and accessible and the objects have the necessary authoritative role to be accepted.

Learning objects cannot work when these conditions are exceeded and then the participation of a counselor becomes necessary to substitute these objects by personal action. This is homologous to the autopilot of an airplane which needs to be substituted by the pilot when the conditions of the external environment exceed the possibilities of the object.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems.


Cooperative Corporate Universities as Business Catalysts

This is the case of In-company Unicist Corporate Universities to drive the clients towards an upper level of business or technology management.

They require proposing conceptual approaches to the restricted context of a business. When they deal with operational aspects of a business they generate no catalyzing effect.

They have to compete with the business giving conceptual solutions that provide a superior solution that makes the complementary value proposition of companies desirable.

They necessarily have to provide information that is above the operational level avoiding competing or providing recipes to the clients.

Two simultaneous actions are needed to make the competitive triangle work: develop maximal strategy driven processes and then minimum strategy driven processes.

Unicist Corporate Universities as business catalysts require managing them as part of an innovation marketing process. Driving companies to an upper level implies innovation.

The Unicist Logical Approach to Innovation Marketing

For any businessman or woman it is self-evident that marketing implies competition with the alternatives the potential customers have in their minds. This implies seeking for the positioning as a first choice in a segment or if possible in the whole market.

But this cannot be done when an innovation is being marketed. Innovations have no substitutes; the alternatives the potential customers can have in their minds are either succedanea or inaction.

In competitive non-innovation markets the active role of sellers is to compete and the energy saving function is given by the capacity they have to cooperate with the prospects. These are naturally demand driven markets because the alternatives are already in the mind of the potential buyers.

In innovation marketing there is no substitute; therefore the proposal stands alone to sustain its validity and cannot be compared. This has two evident consequences.

On the one hand, the core of the approach to the market is the cooperation with the buyer which transforms the competitive capacity with the succedanea or inaction into the energy saving function.

On the other hand, this is a supply driven market which demands a sound knowledge of the subjective value of the innovative proposal in terms of its use value, its referential value which defines the succedanea that are considered, and the opportunity value which deals with the “urgent” need this proposal satisfies.

These structural differences between innovation marketing and non-innovation marketing explain why companies need to separate the management of supply driven markets from demand driven markets.

It is self-evident that innovation marketing is more energy consuming than demand driven markets. But this is compensated by the prices of innovative products.

Innovation marketing will be managed as demand driven markets when both market actions are mixed without separation. They belong to different species and cannot be integrated.

The final problem is that after the innovation has been absorbed by the environment, the supply driven market is transformed into a demand driven market.

This is a mutation that requires reorganizing the marketing process. And the innovation wheel begins to rotate again.

Unicist Press Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using a logical approach to deal with evolution and became a private global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems.  http://www.unicist.org