TUM Learning Challenge 2021

Have you already made plans for 2021?
How about learning something new? Take part in the TUM Learning Challenge!

With the TUM Learning Challenge, we want to motivate you to learn something new. Our learning experts will provide helpful Learning Nuggets to facilitate your learning! Register for the TUM Learning Challenge and describe your personal learning goal: What do you want to learn 2021? As part of our Learning Community, you will then receive many helpful tipps that support you in achieving your personal learning goal.

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Testimonials

"I would like to finally start Time Boxing consistently this year, although it's incredibly difficult for me to commit."

"I would like to expand my coaching knowledge this year to be a true career counselor for our employees."

"I would like to learn Python. I'm especially interested in creating useful tools and algorithms myself."

 

 

Lifelong learning is not only a necessity,

but a great desire many of us have: We wish to keep growing, to learn new things, and to share our views of the world with others. But sometimes this comes too short in the hustle and bustle of everyday (professional) life. With the TUM Learning Challenge, we want to encourage you to purposely make a resolution about what you want to learn in 2021. As research shows: The more concrete this learning goal, the greater the chance that you will achieve it!

Dr. Kristin Knipfer
Executive Director TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

 

 

TUM Learning Nugget: Learning and Goal Setting

Research shows: The more specific the learning goal, the greater the chance you'll achieve it! Learn how to successfully launch your Learning Challenge with the SMART formula.

Learning and Goal Setting

Lifelong learning is not only a necessity, but a great desire many of us have. But sometimes this comes too short in the hustle and bustle of everyday (professional) life.

Setting goals, however, increases commitment, facilitates planning, and fosters our motivation. Concrete goals can increase our sense of personal effectiveness – a psychological need of all of us.

Learning Nugget: How to set my learning goals successfully

Make your goal as concrete as possible (specific). Think of criteria to evaluate whether your goal was achieved (measurable). Align the goal with your Learning Challenge 2021 (attractive). Check what tools/ skills/ resources are needed (realistic), and finally, set a deadline for achieving the goal (time-bound).

Specific: “What exactly am I intending to achieve?”
Measurable: “How will I know that I have achieved my learning goal?”
Attractive: “What will I enjoy about it?”
Realistic: “Can I really accomplish my learning goal?”
Time-bound: “By when can I expect to have reached my learning goal?”

Science Nugget: Why is this helpful

The SMART formula is based on the goal-setting theory developed by occupational psychologists Locke and Latham and has been confirmed in numerous studies. Science shows: The more concrete the learning goal, the greater the chance that you will achieve it. A goal increases our effort, extends our persistence, and leads us to seek appropriate strategies to achieve it.

This exercise helps you to make your TUM Learning Challenge goal more specific and thus motivates you to achieve it. Moreover, it helps you to increase your efforts or change your strategy to achieve the goal if your performance is below the set target.

Info-Box: If you want to learn more about...
... the goal-setting theory, read this informative research article.
... how to achieve SMART health goals, read this interesting interview.
... additional tricks to make your goals stick, read this inspiring article.

Dr. Biljana Rudic, TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

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